Lewis Silkin recognised as a Top 75 employer in 2020 Social Mobility Employer Index
11 November 2020
Lewis Silkin has today been recognised as a Top 75 employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2020, the leading authority on employer best practice, demonstrating our commitment to social mobility in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Employers have a huge part to play in the levelling up agenda, and the Index demonstrates what is possible if organisations commit to supporting young people from all backgrounds.
The Index was created by the Social Mobility Foundation in 2017 and ranks UK’s employers on the action they take to ensure they are open to and progressing talent from all backgrounds. It highlights the employers who are doing the most to change how they find, recruit, and advance talented employees from different social class backgrounds. Now in its fourth year the Employer Index is the definitive benchmark of organisations committed to improving social mobility in the workplace.
Employers are assessed across seven key areas, these include their work with young people, routes into the company, how they attract talent, recruitment and selection, data collection, progression, experienced hires, and advocacy.
This year saw 119 employers from 17 sectors, who collectively employ almost one million people in the UK, answer around 100 questions. In addition to the employers’ responses, over 14,000 employees also took part in a voluntary employee survey.
Lewis Silkin has been recognized for the work we have done to tackle this issue, ensuring we enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. Measures taken to improve social mobility include Initiatives such as the hiring of apprentice lawyers, our commitment to the PRIME scheme, outreach work in social mobility coldspots, and mentoring of young people.
Richard Miskella, Joint Managing Partner, said:
“I’m proud that Lewis Silkin is a top 75 employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index. It’s a testimony to the ingenuity and commitment of staff from across the firm who have developed an effective program of social mobility initiatives. Initiatives such as the hiring of apprentice lawyers, our commitment to the PRIME scheme, outreach work in social mobility coldspots, and mentoring of young people. I’m pleased that the hard work that goes into these schemes has been recognised. But this is not enough. We – and the entire legal industry – have more to do. In the search for the next generation of talent, we must redouble our efforts. We must cast the net far and wide, and we must inspire new leaders”.
Sarah Atkinson, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said:
“I am delighted that Lewis Silkin committed to entering the Index this year despite the challenges they have faced in the wake of the pandemic. Now more than ever, we need to see business play their part in the levelling up agenda.”
The Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Foundation, added:
“As the Covid-19 crisis continues and the UK descends into a sharp recession, more will need to be done to avoid a job catastrophe, for young people particularly. Already 60% of the jobs that have been lost since the pandemic began have been among 18-24 year olds.
I urge those sectors of our economy that are not represented in this year’s Index to participate in 2021 and commit to joining the ranks of those employers who are already making such a difference to young people’s life chances.”