Slaughter and May named as leading employer for social mobility

Slaughter and May has today been ranked as one of the Top 50 employers in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018. The Top 50 have been chosen and identified as the employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace and enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed.

The Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and is published in partnership with sponsors the City of London Corporation. It ranks the UK’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

Over 100 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ over one million people, entered the 2018 Index. Entrants included banks, law firms, Government departments, engineering firms, retail firms and technology companies.

Ewan Brown, Partner at Slaughter and May, said:

“We are very pleased to be listed in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018.  Social mobility is an important business priority for Slaughter and May and is a key driver in the success of our firm. We strive to maintain a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone and we will continue to work hard to make progress in this area.”

David Johnston, Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said:

“We have been very impressed by the efforts employers are making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all backgrounds. We can really see organisations taking a whole host of actions to try and ensure that they have a diverse workforce in terms of socio-economic background as well as in terms of gender and race; they in turn are benefitting from accessing a much wider talent pool than they have traditionally recruited from. All entrants should be praised for broadening their approach.”

The Top 50 employers in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018 can be viewed here.

About The Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds.

It runs free of charge programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support (including trips to universities and help with personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews) and career and skills workshops to support young people through their sixth-form and university years.

Currently taking on a new cohort of over 1600 young people every year, the SMF has offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle and runs residential programmes for young people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles of Scotland across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology).