Who are the Top 50 employers for women in the UK?

Who are the Top 50 employers for women in the UK?

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, published in partnership with Business in the Community, acknowledges UK employers that are making gender equality a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to creating inclusive workplace cultures and progressing women in the workplace that covers their entire organisation at all levels. Huge congratulations from Inclusive Networks to everyone featured in the Top 50.

We’re delighted to see so many friends of Inclusive Networks recognised in the Top 50, with Lloyds Banking Group (our current top Investor in Network Groups employer), PwC and EY securing a place on the list. It’s great seeing the awesome work of all those employers featured being celebrated.

Emma Tucker, Deputy Editor of The Times, says : “In the seven years since The Times first published the Top 50 Employers for Women supplement we have seen great advances towards gender equality in the workplace. However, more remains to be done both in the boardroom and on the shop floor and we are again delighted to support Business in the Community’s campaign to create a fairer and better working environment for women.”

Whilst the financial and professional services sectors are well represented in the Top 50, many sectors are poorly represented. Despite almost 3 million people in the UK working in the retail sector, the UK’s biggest employer, only two retailers appear in the Top 50 – Marks & Spencer and the Post Office. This isn’t the only list published this year where the retail sector has a poor showing, only two retailers feature in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index Top 100 – Asda and The Co-op. Are the UK’s retailers doing enough to create inclusive workplace cultures, where everyone has an equal opportunity to shine? Or are they simply not submitting evidence to be considered for inclusion in the lists?

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director of Business in the Community, said : “Huge congratulations to all the organisations in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017 and to the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards winners and finalists. They have made significant progress to understand and address the barriers to equality that women face at work and put fundamental workplace culture change at the core of their activity, recognising the benefits this brings to women and men at all levels and to the organisation as a whole. I hope other employers will follow their example.”

“They have made significant progress to understand and address the barriers to equality that women face at work and put fundamental workplace culture change at the core of their activity, recognising the benefits this brings to women and men at all levels and to the organisation as a whole.”

Amongst the other inclusive employers featured in the Top 50 are Sodexo, Yorkshire Water and Deloitte.

Sean Haley, Regional Chairman at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said : “We’re delighted our commitment to gender balance has seen us in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the fourth year running. Our internal research shows gender balance is not only the right thing to do, but also makes for better business outcomes.”

Becky McDonnell, Head of Talent at Yorkshire Water, said : “We are succeeding in breaking down pre-conceptions that the utilities and engineering sectors are a man’s world. This is no longer true, as we have made a concerted effort to attract females to highly skilled front-line engineering roles as well as a diverse range of rewarding office based roles in HR, legal, communications, science and environmental that exist within the company. The range of opportunities we have is enormous and will attract talented females of all ages into the company from a diverse range of disciplines.”

Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte, said : “We are proud to have been named in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list for the second year running. Gender equality is a critical business priority for us and we have worked hard to ensure that women can succeed in our firm.”

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017

  • Accenture : Professional Services
  • Addleshaw Goddard : Legal
  • Ashurst LLP : Legal
  • BAE Systems : Engineering
  • Barclays : Financial Services
  • BNY Mellon : Financial Services
  • British Army : Military
  • BT : Telecommunications
  • Capgemini UK : Professional Services
  • Carillion PLC : Support Services
  • Citi : Financial Services
  • CMS : Legal
  • Deloitte LLP : Professional Services
  • Department for Transport : Public Sector
  • DHL Supply Chain : Logistics
  • EDF Energy : Energy
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car : Automotive
  • Eversheds Sutherland LLP : Legal
  • EY : Professional Services
  • Goldman Sachs International : Financial Services
  • Greater London Authority : Public Sector
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP : Legal
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP : Legal
  • Home Office : Public Sector
  • HSBC : Financial Services
  • J.P. Morgan : Financial Services
  • KPMG : Professional Services
  • Linklaters LLP : Legal
  • Lloyds Banking Group : Financial Services
  • Marks & Spencer : Retail
  • McKinsey & Company : Consulting
  • Mercer : Consulting
  • MI5 : Public Sector
  • Morgan Stanley : Financial Services
  • Norton Rose Fulbright : Legal
  • Ofcom : Public Sector
  • PepsiCo UK and Ireland : Consumer Goods
  • Pinsent Masons LLP : Legal
  • Post Office : Retail
  • PwC : Professional Services
  • RBS : Financial Services
  • Royal Mail Group : Postal Services
  • Shell UK : Oil & Gas
  • Sky : Entertainment & Telecommunications
  • Sodexo UK & Ireland : Facilities Management
  • Southbank Centre : Arts
  • State Street : Financial Services
  • Unilever : Consumer Goods
  • Vodafone : Telecommunications
  • Yorkshire Water : Utilities

How does the list work? Entry to be considered for a place in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list is by self-nomination and is open to any employer with a presence and activity in the UK. Employers supply detailed information on how they are working towards gender equality in their workplace, spanning strategy, objectives, leadership and gender balance at every level. All of the 5,000 word entry forms are stringently marked against a framework of best practice and assessed on an anonymous basis by a team of gender equality experts within Business in the Community.

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About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He is a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards.

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