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UK’s Top LGBT-friendly Finance and Accountancy Firms to work for

by Sellick Partnership | 10 June 2019

Are you a Finance & Accountancy professional looking for your next career move? We know how important inclusivity and diversity policies offered by companies can be in helping you determine which job opportunities to go for. Whether you are looking for Account Assistant jobs, public sector finance jobs or Credit Controller jobs. In this blog, our Finance & Accountancy team wrap up the top LGBT-friendly Finance & Accountancy companies to work for in the UK.

Companies that demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting diversity among their employees can be especially appealing to job seekers. Many Finance & Accountancy professionals will actively seek out those organisations that make LGBT+ an integral part of their ethos when considering their next career move.

Earlier this year, campaign and advocacy charity Stonewall released its annual report detailing the top 100 most LGBT inclusive employers in the UK. To make it on to the list, organisations voluntarily submit their application with details of their LGBT policies, which are assessed across ten key areas using the Workplace Equality Index. This year’s report was the largest ever, receiving entries from 445 employers.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said:

“Changing things for the better needs us all to work together – across workplaces, across sectors, across communities – and using tools like the Workplace Equality Index helps systematically achieve sustainable change. Collectively, we can, and will, build a world where all LGBT people are accepted without exception.”

Of the final 100, seven companies are from the Finance & Accountancy sector. Read on to discover more about these businesses and how they made the cut. 

1. LLoyds Banking Group

#7 on the Top 100

Formed in 2009, Lloyds Banking Group focuses on retail and commercial financial services and has over 2,000 branches across the UK. The company employs 75,000 people, of whom approximately 2,500 are LGBT.

Karin Cook, Lloyds Executive Sponsor for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised as the leading employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Stonewall Top 100 list. As part of our ongoing ambition to help Britain prosper, we are immensely proud to receive this accolade which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to diversity in our workforce by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.”

Find out more about the group’s LGBT policies.

2. Citi

#9 on the Top 100

The global investment bank and financial services firm Citi operates in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. It provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with services such as safeguarding assets, lending money, making payments and accessing the capital markets. 2019 is the second consecutive year it has placed in Stonewall’s top ten.

Denise Cole, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, said:

“Our continued success in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, our additional awards and our market leading initiatives around LGBT+ inclusion are examples of how our commitment to diversity and inclusion is becoming further embedded in our culture.”

Discover more about Citi’s commitment to diversity.

3. Barclays PLC

#28 on the Top 100

The high street bank Barclays provides personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management around the world.

As part of its commitment to inclusivity, Barclays runs an employee diversity network, Spectrum, which is open to all members of staff regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The focus of the network is on supporting LGBT people within Barclays, so that they can make a valuable contribution to the overall success of the organisation.

Read more about Barclays’ diversity and inclusion policies.

4. Moody’s

#44 on the Top 100

Moody's operates within the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets.

Ray McDaniel, President and Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Moody’s and our leadership team are committed to making diversity and inclusion part of the fabric of our organisation. This helps create an environment that maximises every employee’s contribution, widens the leadership pipeline and ultimately increases the quality of our opinions, products and services.”

If you’re interested in a career at Moody’s, find out about its diversity and inclusion policies.

5. Virgin Money

#47 on the Top 100

Virgin Money offers customers services ranging from savings and investments to insurance and mortgages, pensions and credit cards.

Jo Walker, Virgin Money’s Affinity Pride Network Chair, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have made another phenomenal jump in the Stonewall Top 100 employers list to 47 this year. This a recognition for all our colleagues who have helped organise and attended LGBT events, those who’ve written articles, guides and so much more.

“Fostering an environment that is inclusive for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and we are phenomenally proud that everyone’s hard work has been recognised in the Stonewall listing.”

Read up on Virgin Money’s commitment to inclusion.

6. Credit Suisse

#64 on the Top 100

This is the third year in a row that the wealth management firm Credit Suisse has secured a spot on Stonewall’s top 100 employers list. Founded in 1856, the company operates in 50 countries and has nearly 49,000 employees.

Not only did Credit Suisse place in the top 100, but David Mathers – the company’s Group Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse, and Chief Executive of Credit Suisse International – was also named as Ally of the Year 2019 by Stonewall. To earn this recognition, David champions LGBT issues within the firm and encourages employees to sign up the bank’s Ally programme.

Find out more about Credit Suisse’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

7. Financial Conduct Authority

#69 on the Top 100

The final financial sector organisation to make the list, the Financial Conduct Authority is the conduct regulator for 58,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK, It is also the prudential regulator for over 24,000 of those firms.

Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, said:

‘We are proud to be part of Stonewall's top 100 LGBT friendly employers. This recognition sends a strong signal to industry, consumers and other external stakeholders about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.’

Discover more about the organisation’s diversity and inclusion policies.

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Sellick Partnership has over 15 years’ experience in helping candidates find the right organisation for their next career move, and as an APSCo member Committed to Diversity we are well placed to help LGBT candidates find their next perfect job.

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