EY named as a leading employer for women

18 April 2013

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EY has been named as one of the UK’s leading employers in the Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women list, which was published today.

The Times’ Top 50 is compiled in partnership with Opportunity Now, the gender equality campaign by Business in the Community, and celebrates organisations that are committed to promoting diversity and supporting women in the workplace. Companies also had to demonstrate that gender equality was an integral part of their business strategy.

Excelling in a number of areas, EY was recognised for its ongoing commitment to developing its talent pipeline. This year the professional services firm set aspirational goals to ensure at least 30% of all new UK partners are female and at least 10% are from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group by 2015. The firm also has a well established programme of mentoring and career watch schemes for high potential women and BME individuals, in addition to its active employee networks.

Liz Bingham, EY’s Managing Partner for People in the UK & Ireland commented: “Diversity is a business imperative. As well as being the right thing to do, we believe that by attracting and retaining the best talent and developing our people, we will ultimately deliver a better service to our clients. To be listed as a top employer for women is a tremendous achievement. I’m incredibly proud of the progress we have made to date and am confident that we will continue to innovate in the future.”

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Acting Director of Opportunity Now, said: “All organisations included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women must be praised for their commitment to the recruitment, retention and progression of their female talent. The high number of entries and high calibre of comprehensive activity made the judging process extremely competitive, but it is clear that this year’s Top 50 are leading the charge on organisational and cultural change, embedding accountability and delivery of activity at all levels, from the CEO to line managers.  Inclusion in the list demonstrates how businesses are recognising the benefits in utilising, rewarding and progressing the talent and skill of men and women equally.”

The full report and Top 50 Employers for Women can be found at:  http://opportunitynow.bitc.org.uk/thetimestop502013list