West Midlands employers make the Stonewall Top 100

Stonewall workplace equality index 2010 coverFour West Midlands employers are featured in the 2010 Stonewall Top 100 Employers, showcasing Britain’s best employers for gay staff.

At number 19, West Midlands Police is the region’s top-rated employer for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, and there is a first appearance in the top 100 for Warwickshire County Council (no. 88).

The region’s other top 100 ranked employers are Staffordshire Police (34) and Birmingham City Council (60), both of which have featured in previous years.

The top performing industrial sector is professional services, followed by police authorities and central government.

Computer giant IBM is named the best place to work in 2010 for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. In second place is Hampshire Constabulary with Ernst & Young third. Brighton and Hove City Council and Goldman Sachs complete the top five.

In addition to the regional employers listed are many national and international employers with a presence in the West Midlands, particularly in professional and financial services. The strong performance of professional and financial services is good news for Birmingham, which is home to the country’s largest financial centre outside of London.

The Top 100 list is compiled from Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. The Index is based on a range of key indicators and  this year was bolstered by the largest ever survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, with over 7,000 participants.

This adds weight to the results of the employer index, and consistently reveals that staff satisfaction levels are highest at the top ranking organisations in the Index. Gay staff working at the top 25 workplaces reported a satisfaction level almost 10 per cent higher than workplaces outside the Top 100.

Since 1st December 2003, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations have protected lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, Stonewall’s survey of LGB staff shows that almost two in five LGB people still hide their sexual orientation from their colleagues, their manager or both.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said:

‘Competition was fiercer than ever to secure a place on the 2010 Top Employers List. We received more entries than any previous year from employers who understand and have benefited from Stonewall’s research which found that gay people are far more likely to buy goods or services from companies they know are gay-friendly. The Index is a powerful tool used by Britain’s 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.’

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