8 consulting companies listed as the best employers for women


8 consulting companies listed as the best employers for women


Eight professional services companies have been listed in The Times and Business in the Community's annual list of the Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. The consultants received praise for their efforts to eliminate the factors that support gender imbalance, including flexible scheduling, family-friendly policies, salary, incentives, and advancement.

Since 2006, organizations that support female emancipation and gender equality in the workplace have been honored on the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list. The rating, a project of Prince Charles' Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community (BITC), is now the UK's most reputable list of firms pursuing gender equality at work.

UK businesses and public sector organizations are judged on a variety of factors, including their commitment to gender equality as part of their business and human capital strategy, in order to be included on the annual list.

While for the 2022 list, BITC included an additional assessment to include the lived experience of women employees and asked which areas they feel need to be improved, this was expanded to include how companies championed gender equality in the context of the pandemic.

The BITC's Gender Equality Campaign Director, Katy Neep, stated that this year's application procedure was the most difficult to get into. When it comes to assisting women in the workplace, employers like these haven't let up, and they serve as a powerful illustration of what dedication to ending gender inequity looks like.

On the basis of this, the consulting firms included in this year's list have all shown a commitment to gender equality in the workplace that is unmatched in the sector. The top consulting firms for women in the UK are included in the table below, not in any particular order.

·       Accenture

Global consultancy Accenture, which is listed as having its headquarters in Dublin, has a UK&I business board that is made up of 40% female members, and the organization aims to achieve 50% gender equity at all levels by 2030. By 2025, the company wants to have a gender-balanced staff, and over 60% of new employees are women right now

·       Atos IT and outsourcing consultant

Atos claims on its website that it has a "strong commitment to gender equality" that is "continually examined" and employs more than 110,000 employees in 73 countries. The company's most recent commitments include support and promotion for the Atos ethnic diversity action pledge, which supports BAME female presence at senior levels by taking an intersectional approach.

·       Bain & Co.

The only member of the infamous MBB axis to pass muster is global strategy giant Bain & Company. According to Bain, combating gender inequality is a "imperative" for its business. The company also regularly re-evaluates in order to take the necessary actions to maintain its position as a leader in gender equality.

The UK Managing Partner of Bain & Company, James Hadley, commented on the announcement, saying, "We are thrilled to be recognized for the second year in a row... We at Bain are steadfastly dedicated to these initiatives to reshape both the consulting business and our own company. We will keep making investments in our most valuable resource, our employees. The important elements of it are our recruitment programs, equal parental leave policy, flexibility alternatives, and a general supportive atmosphere.

·       Capgemini

Capgemini UK has received recognition for its efforts in the areas of inclusiveness and gender equality for the sixth consecutive year. The IT and outsourcing business is currently investing in outside expertise with Women on Boards to help 160 women with training to strengthen their board leadership abilities - to use both in and outside of the workplace, and promote advancement at Capgemini.

"We continue to push for progress at all levels of the organization - and while there is more to do, this illustrates our sustained dedication and initiatives towards attaining gender equality in our hybrid working world," said Paul Margetts, managing director of Capgemini UK.

·       Deloitte 

Another company that frequently appears on the list is Deloitte, which has recently introduced new policies to encourage inclusivity throughout the organization. These include allowing employees to choose when and where they work as well as implementing new policies to encourage gender allyship, such as the "Allyship Toolkit" and the "Better Balance Framework."

"Recent Deloitte Global study indicated that women in the UK experienced widespread burnout and the absence of flexible working possibilities continues to impede working women's career advancement," said Jackie Henry, Managing Partner for People and Purpose at Deloitte. Business leaders should take on these difficulties to support their staff, not only women, who face them.

·       Grant Thornton

The UK division of the multinational professional services company Grant Thornton makes substantial efforts to increase the presence of women at top levels by using data to guide specific action on workplace inclusiveness. A fairer representation of women at the partner level was achieved in 2021, increasing from 19 percent in 2020 to 22 percent, thanks in part to an increased proportion of women being promoted to partner and entering as external hires.

The foundation of our current approach is breaking down barriers and enhancing the lived experiences of our women, according to Fiona Baldwin, Board Sponsor for Gender at Grant Thornton UK. A culture of agile working and flexibility, sponsorship, and development are some examples of this. Making sure that female health is supported, building strong networks, encouraging internal engagement, spreading awareness, and advocating for the involvement of male allies in discussions about change.

·       KPMG

The UK member firm of KPMG, another member of the Big Four, has achieved gender parity on its board. Colleagues at the organization try to set an example by being visible with flexible work schedules or pressing recruiters for 50-50 shortlists, and they concentrate on showing that we are serious about the hiring, promoting, and retention of all women. Bina Mehta was appointed as the company's first female chair in 2021.

·       PwC

One of the Big Four competitors, PwC, is renowned for taking the lead in advancing workplace gender equality. The company has a five-point diversity and inclusion plan in place, which includes hiring advancement mentors for female directors with high potential and prohibiting all-male recruitment shortlists. To help juggle work and home obligations easier during the epidemic, a time code was made available to all employees to charge time spent on care duties.

Previous Post Next Post