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Top 100 UK gay employers named

Top 100 UK gay employers named

Accountants Ernst & Young are Britain’s best employers for gay people but even the secret spy service, MI5, makes the grade.

That’s according to the 2012 Workplace Equality Index list by leading British lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization Stonewall.

The annual index scores employers on a variety of measures around how they recruit and support their gay staff and how they work with the wider LGBT community. These include not only employment policies but how they are implemented and monitored. Making sure suppliers are gay friendly scores well and organisations are encouraged to advertise in gay media, attend LGBT events and sponsor gay causes.

As Gay Star News reported this morning – when the full list had not yet been released – MI5 is the surprise entry in this year’s list, tying at 62 with American Express.

The rest of the list is dominated by a mixture of multinational and large UK firms and government agencies, mostly very large employers.

Accountants Ernst & Young lead the way, with the British Home Office as the top-ranked government department at number two. A number of banks, including the Co-operative and Lloyds score highly but Barclays leads the way at number three.

Professional service firms in general scored best, followed by police departments, then banking and finance companies, local government organisations and central government.

And amid the blue-chip firms and stuffy institutions, there are some other surprises for those unfamiliar with the index’s past variety. The Royal Navy comes in at number 77 and the Rugby Football League is 53. And ITV ranks at 27.

Commenting on their top ranking Ernst & Young’s managing partner for people Liz Bingham said: ‘To say we are thrilled and proud to be named Stonewall’s Employer of the Year 2012 is truly an understatement.

‘We believe that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.'

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill says the index has been made stricter than ever this year: ‘Submissions to the Index have been tested against new and tougher criteria this year, which makes the accomplishments of the Top 100 Employers featured here even more impressive.

‘Participating in the Index is a signal to staff, customers and services users of your commitment to equality and we’re proud to showcase these achievements.’

As well as Ernst & Young’s top placement, other individual awards have also been given. ‘Most improved goes to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the best LGBT network group is at Accenture and Bill Payne, former boss of Metropolitan Housing was named as the ‘individual champion of the year’ for his work championing gay diversity within his orgnaisation.

The full top 100 is as follows:

1 Ernst & Young
2 Home Office
3 Barclays
4 Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
5 Metropolitan Housing Partnership
6 Goldman Sachs
7 Accenture
8 IBM
9 Gentoo
10 Simmons & Simmons
11 = The Co-operative
11 = University of Cambridge
13 Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
14 Hampshire Constabulary
15 Brighton & Hove City Council
16 = Environment Agency for England and Wales
16 = London Borough of Tower Hamlets
18 Lloyds Banking Group
19 Baker & McKenzie LLP
20 National Assembly for Wales
21= East Sussex County Council
21= University of Salford
23 = Leicestershire County Council
23 = South Wales Police
25 British Transport Police
26 Derby City Council
27 = Department for Work and Pensions
27 = ITV plc
27 = Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
30 = London Borough of Islington
30 = Merseyside Police
30 = North Wales Police
33 = Genesis Housing Association
33 = Irwin Mitchell LLP
33 = Nacro
33 = Transport for London
37 = Citizens Advice
37 = Leeds City Council
39 = Birmingham City Council
39 = St Mungo's
41 = Bristol City Council
41 = Core Assets Group
41 = National Audit Office
41 = Pinsent Masons LLP
45 = Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales
45 = Morgan Stanley
45 = Royal Bank of Scotland Group
45 = Victim Support
49 = Cardiff University
49 = Kent Police
49 = Suffolk Constabulary
49 = West Mercia Police
53 = Department of Health
53 = Newham College of Further Education
53 = Rugby Football League
56 = Cardiff County Council
56 = Liverpool John Moores University
56 = Office for National Statistics
56 = Royal Air Force
60 = Hertfordshire County Council
60 = Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
62 = American Express
62 = Hogan Lovells
62 = The Security Service (MI5)
65 = Barts and The London NHS Trust and Tower Hamlets Community Health Services
65 = South Essex Homes
67 = Clydesdale Bank
67 = Skillset Sector Skills Council
67 = Warwickshire County Council
67 = Your Homes Newcastle
71 = Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
71 = Kent Community Health NHS Trust
73 = Eversheds LLP
73 = Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
75 = Arts Council England
75 = Dyfed Powys Police
77 = Manchester City Council
77 = Royal Navy
77 = University of the West of England
80 = Herbert Smith LLP
80 = London Borough of Hackney
82 Gwent Police
83 = Berneslai Homes
83 = JP Morgan
83 = Sheffield City Council
83 = University College London
87 = Department of Energy and Climate Change
87 = Devon & Cornwall Police
87 = Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
90 = Plus Dane Group
90 = The Scottish Government
92 = London Borough of Waltham Forest
92 = National Offender Management Service
94 = Barnardo's
94 = London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
94 = Scottish Prison Service
94 = West Sussex County Council
98 = Aviva
98 = Procter & Gamble
100 PricewaterhouseCoopers

Those with = signs have joint ranking by score.