The Top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace have been announced today in what is believed to be the world’s only Social Mobility Employer Index. The Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and is published in partnership with 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.
Capgemini UK has been ranked 26th in the Index for the commendable work it has taken to tackle this and enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. Measures taken by us to improve social mobility include:
- Targeting our schools outreach work on social mobility “cold spots”
- Internal advocacy in highlighting different backgrounds and routes into our industry from team members at all levels
- Offering higher apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships in partnership with Aston University
- Removing the screening requirement for academic qualifications at application stage for our graduate programmes
- Our strengths-based recruitment process also looks for potential rather than past experience, which supports recruiting apprentices and graduates who may have not had the opportunity to take up work experience.
Christine Hodgson, Chairman at Capgemini UK, commented: “We’re delighted to receive this recognition on our first time entering the Social Mobility Index – highlighting our efforts to ensure opportunities are open to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. At Capgemini, our established apprentice programmes give young people a route into an industry that was previously only for graduates, and we were the first to create degree apprenticeships in 2011 – increasing social mobility by providing a degree without the costs of university. With huge social and business benefits, this is a priority for our organisation and our people.”
The Social Mobility Employer Index assesses employers across seven areas, including the work they do with young people, their recruitment and selection processes and how people from lower income backgrounds progress within their organisations. Over 100 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ over one million people, entered the 2018 Index.
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.”
Sir Nick Clegg, Chairman of Social Mobility Foundation, said: “I’m delighted that so many organisations chose to participate in the Social Mobility Index this year. Improving social mobility across society is a collective endeavour – with Government, schools, colleges, universities, families and businesses all pulling in the same direction. This year’s Index shows that there is a growing appetite for employers to play their part – I warmly congratulate all those who did so, and I hope they will be joined by more employers in next year’s Index.”