20 January 2015

Sheffield City Council proves to be a place of equality as Stonewall announce it has jumped nearly 50 places in the nationally acclaimed Workforce Equality Index.

This year had the highest number of submissions yet with over 400 organisations taking part and Sheffield City Council made into the top 10% of applicants and the 6th highest achieving Local Authority in the country.

Sheffield City Council leaped 47 places up the table this year making it number 41 in the ranking.

Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equality said: “We are obviously very pleased that it’s recognised how important it is for us to have place of work that is equal.

“We find it a useful exercise to be benchmarked against some of the biggest and wealthiest businesses in the country and we will continue to support our employees and put strategies in place to make sure we continue to improve what we do and how we are doing it.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “Sheffield City Council and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year.

“We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement. I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception”.

Josh Willacy, Sheffield City Council’s Client Account Manager, Stonewall said: “Sheffield City Council have exceeded themselves this year, working tirelessly to improve the lives of lesbian, gay bisexual and Trans staff, as well as making an impact on the wider community. The council has been ahead of the curve and have put their support behind some really important projects.

“In such a competitive year, to move up the Top 100 rankings in the way that the council has done takes determination and innovative best practice. This year’s result is very well deserved.”

Over 60,000 staff took part in the anonymous survey revealing employers’ attitudes towards workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.

The MI5 was named number one in the survey up from seventh place in 2015.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality. They also offer help and advice to some of the biggest organisations.

For more information about the survey and the Stonewall Top 100 Employers visit http://www.stonewall.org.uk