This Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Annual Report focuses on achievements in the second year of our D&I Strategy (2021–25). It provides a assessment of our current position and includes case studies that show our priorities in action. 

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We have continued to make good progress on our priorities although we have further to go to achieve our ambition of being an exemplar organisation for D&I.

Highlights of the year

  • Improved our ranking in the 2022 Social Mobility Index, up 22 places to 55th
  • Upskilled colleagues to support people with a disability through our disability awareness training
  • Continued to build a strong pipeline of trainees from ethnic minority and less advantaged backgrounds, as well as trainees with a disability
  • 93% of our interns successfully passed their assessment and were offered a place on our graduate training programme, providing us with a strong pipeline of candidates from target groups
  • Further reduced our mean gender pay gap to 6.39%, down 1.87 percentage points on the past year, keeping us on track to eliminate any difference by 2027
  • Returned to in-person recruitment events, including targeting a wide range of universities to attract students from diverse backgrounds
  • Transferred our workplace adjustment information to an online system, improving our ability to support colleagues with a disability
  • Launched our first ethnic minority sponsorship programme, targeted at supporting the progression of colleagues to senior grades
  • Introduced a new measure in our regular people survey to strengthen our understanding of how connected and included our colleagues feel


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