by Sellick Partnership | 25 June 2019
Are you a Housing & Property Services professional looking for your next career move? When you first begin your job search, it can be tricky to know where to start. Reviewing a company’s LGBT policy can be a good place to begin, and to help you narrow your job search our Housing & Property Services team has compiled a list of the top LGBT-friendly companies in the UK.
So, whether you are looking for a hands-on role such as an electrician, plumber or carpenter, or an office-based position such as an administrator, manager or planning officer, you can move forward with confidence.
Having an inclusivity and diversity policy is becoming the norm for Housing & Property Services companies, as many job seekers now actively seek out employers that are open, progressive and inclusive.
A company that has LGBT-friendly policies in place is particularly important to many candidates. Fortunately, campaign and advocacy charity Stonewall released its annual report at the start of 2019, which details the top 100 most LGBT-inclusive employers in the UK. In this year’s report, four housing companies made it onto the top 100, out of 445 organisations that entered.
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.”
Each Housing & Property Services company on the list was assessed on 10 key areas of the Workplace Equality Index. These included: LGBT employee network groups, community engagement and how the organisation involved all employees on LGBT inclusion.
Read on to discover more about the top four companies and their policies.
1. Home Group
#17 on the Top 100
This year’s report saw Home Group jump up 58 places on the top 100 list, up from 75th place in 2018. As part of its efforts, the social enterprise and charity runs the ‘role models’ and ‘Lifeswap’ programmes, which encourages people to share their stories and also to support others in becoming more knowledgeable about the challenges that LGBT people face in the workplace.
Susan Fulton, Director of People at Home Group, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted to have been placed 17th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index. We’ve always recognised the strength that diversity brings to everyone in the Home Group team – we are so proud that our staff’s passion for inclusion, equality and acceptance, whether it’s in health, society or as individuals, is recognised by this fantastic ranking.”
Visit the company’s policy page to download its equality, diversity and inclusion policy.
#26 on the Top 100
Another climber, Riverside moved up 10 places to claim the 26th spot on the top 100 list. It manages more than 55,000 properties across the UK, and its equality, diversity and inclusion policy extends to everyone who is employed by or who receives a service from the social housing provider.
John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside, said:
“I believe that diversity enriches Riverside. As we demonstrate our commitment to diversity, we consequently attract and retain talented people who can be themselves and are reflective of our diverse customer base.”
Discover more about Riverside's commitment to diversity by following this link.
3. Nottingham City Homes
#44 on the Top 100
Nottingham City Homes manages approximately 27,000 homes in the city of Nottingham on behalf of the City Council. In addition to its placement on this year’s top 100, the organisation is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said:
“As an organisation we are committed to diversity in our workforce. We want to make sure we are an inclusive employer, so we can attract and retain the very best talent to provide the best services for our tenants. Nottingham is a diverse city and it is important to us we reflect the diverse communities we serve.
Read more about Nottingham City Homes’s equality and diversity strategy.
4. Your Homes Newcastle
#77 on the Top 100
Coming in at joint 77th with the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2019, Your Homes Newcastle has made it on to the top 100 list for the last 10 years.
In 2018, when the housing organisation came 47th, Tina Drury, Managing Director, said:
“We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that all of our services are inclusive of LGBT Plus communities and we’re committed to maintaining that. Our ‘Proud@YHN’ staff network group has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues for the LGBT Plus community and YHN has engaged with more staff and residents than ever this year.
If you are interested in a career at Your Homes Newcastle, find out about its diversity and inclusion policies here.
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