Top 10 private- and public-sector employers for gender and ethnicity

In the wake of data published today about the gender pay gap, a survey has been published by Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity, the gender and race campaigns run by Business in the Community, which highlights the best performing organisations in terms of progressing staff from ethnic minorities or promoting gender equality.

BT was ranked as the top company in the private sector in terms of its progression of black and ethnic minority staff and gender equality. The Crown Prosecution Service ranked most highly in the public sector for its progression of staff in ethnic minorities, while the British Army fared best for its promotion of gender equality.

The lists have been compiled through a major benchmarking survey, which comprised two parts: first, a Diversity Impacts Survey of workforce metrics covering women, men and employers of ethnic minorities; and second, a Diversity Inputs Survey where organisations needed to supply supporting documentary evidence and statements about their employment patterns. Only those that completed both were eligible.

In total, 67 public- and private-sector organisations submitted comprehensive workforce metrics and case studies across 30 key areas such as career progression, recruitment, supplier diversity and board representation.

The publication of the lists precedes the release of a full report into diversity trends in December. Sandra Kerr, director of Race for Opportunity, said: “For organisations committed to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace, the benchmark is a clear signal of which organisations are delivering best practice.”

Top 10 private-sector organisations for ethnicity equality

1. BT
2. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3. Ernst & Young
4. Eversheds
6. Mitie Group
7. National Grid
8. Nationwide Building Society
9. PwC
10. Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Top 10 private-sector organisations for gender equality

1. BT
2. Citi
3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
4. Ernst & Young
5. Eversheds
7. National Grid
8. Nationwide Building Society
9. PwC
10. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The top 10 public-sector organisations for ethnicity equality

1. Crown Prosecution Service
2. Genesis
3. HM Revenue & Customs
4. Home Office
5. Leicestershire Police
6. Ministry of Defence
7. Ministry of Justice
8. National Audit Office
9. Ofcom
10. Royal Air Force

Top 10 public-sector organisations for gender equality

1. British Army
2. Civil Nuclear Constabulary
3. Crown Prosecution Service
4. Genesis
5. HM Revenue & Customs
6. Home Office
7. Leicestershire Police
8. Ministry of Justice
9. Ofcom
10. Royal Navy

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