Diversity and inclusion

At Grant Thornton we have a “bring your whole self to work” mind set.

This means:

  • Don’t leave anything at the door. Who you are and where you’ve come from are important to us. Bring it all with you.
  • Make work work for you. We all have commitments outside of work. Be flexible and agile to meet the demands of work and life.
  • Being different, creates a difference. Everyone brings something different to the table. Diversity in thought, background and experiences is good for business.

Every day we work to help people find out how they can bring their whole self to work. Our flexible and agile working practices and policies allow people to balance their work with things that are most important in their life. Whether it’s taking care of your family or taking care of yourself, everyone needs the flexibility to manage what life and work may require. We know that there’s still work we need to do to create a fully inclusive working culture, but we are ready for the challenge and continue to strive for excellence.

Positive action interview scheme for trainees

We are an inclusive employer and committed to ensure our workforce is representative of our diverse society. We therefore make reasonable adjustments and adaptions to our recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive for anyone who wishes to apply.

For Trainee Recruitment we offer a guaranteed place for our Experience Day, if successful through all the application stages (online application form, online tests and a digital interview).  The Experience Day is our final stage of the assessment process it includes; a group exercise and one interview.  Adjustments can be made for the format of the interview or experience day to suit the needs of the individual. If adjustments are required at any stage of the process or to discuss the options we can provide please get in contact with us. 

If you wish to apply in a different format, please contact us on traineerecruitment@uk.gt.com and we will respond using your preferred method of contact, to discuss your application.

We are a Disability Committed employer and we work very closely with the Business Disability Forum to ensure our recruitment practices are inclusive and open to all. If you would like to speak to anyone about making a reasonable adjustment or our positive action interview scheme, please contact us on the above email address.

More on our diversity and inclusion commitments

We know that building a diverse and inclusive workforce is not just one person’s job. This is why we must work together to drive change and grow. We’ve teamed up with some of the leading industry experts to help guide us in building a more inclusive work culture and society.

 

Empowering the LGBT+ community

Together with Stonewall we are working on empowering our LGBT people to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realise and achieve their full potential, creating positive change. We encourage everyone to be themselves at Grant Thornton and are proud to stand with the LGBT+ community. Our employees are invited to join Count Us In, our LGBT+ plus allies community, designed to allow us to engage and collaborate towards building the most open working environment possible.

 

Committed to being disability confident

We have been recognised as a ‘Disability Confident Employer' by the Government’s ‘Disability Confident’ scheme. This scheme supports employers in thinking differently and being proactive about disability, improving how we attract, recruit and retain people with disabilities and long-term conditions. As part of our strategy to create an inclusive environment, we’ll be working hard towards achieving the next level, ‘Disability Confident Leader', part of which includes the implementation of a positive action recruitment process to guarantee interviews for those with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria.

 

Pledging for gender equality

We are pleased to pledge our commitment to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and to increasing the percentage of female partners from 16% to 22% by December 2020 and 25% by December 2022. We are committed to supporting the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level.
Read more about pledge and download our gender pay gap report.

 

Championing social mobility

We are a Social Mobility champion as part of the government’s Social Mobility Business Compact. As a champion we are committed to meet a more stretching set of criteria developed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. These commitments cover outreach, work placements, recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, and leadership. To read more about this set of criteria visit gov.uk’s Social Mobility Business Compact: champion tier.

 

Ensuring a level playing field

We partner with Access Accountancy for many of our work experience programmes, taking approximately 80 young people per year from lower socio economic backgrounds through the programme. Access Accountancy is a collaboration of more than 25 professional services firms dedicated to improving access to the accountancy profession in the UK. The programme was established in 2014 with the ambition to promote diversity across all levels of the sector in the face of overwhelming evidence showing that applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to be hired.
Read more about work with Access Accountancy and Social Mobility.

 

Making work work for you

Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance organisation. They help working parents and carers—and their employers—find a better balance between responsibilities at home and in the workplace. We are working to create a more flexible and agile working environment within our firm. We value the commitments our people may have outside of work and to demonstrate this, everyone has an immediate right to request a flexible working arrangement under our flexible working policy. In addition, we encourage more informal, agile working, encouraging our people to think about when, where and how they work to deliver the best outcome.

 

Strong minds leads to healthier lives

Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. We’ve signed the ‘Time to Change’ employer pledge, in which we committed to change how we think about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported. Since then we’ve trained a group of employees to be accredited mental health first aiders to help support people through tough times. We also have a 24/7 employee assistance programme for practical assistance and emotional support for life’s obstacles. These are just some of the ways we’re building awareness and ending the stigma around mental health.
Learn more about pledge with Time to Change

 

Driving inclusivity forward

Inclusive Employers is UK's first and leading membership organisation for employers looking to build inclusive workplaces. They offer consultancy, training and thought leadership, to help us make inclusion an everyday reality at Grant Thornton.