PracticePeople In PracticeBig Four firm reveals socio-economic and education data on partners

Big Four firm reveals socio-economic and education data on partners

Data reveals that nearly half of all Deloitte staff attended a comprehensive school, as the accountancy firm looks to improve its social mobility

DELOITTE has published socio-economic and educational data on more than 1,000 of its staff and partners, in an increasing effort to clampdown on social mobility barriers.

Nearly half (43%) of its workforce attended a non-selective state school, with 16% attended a grammar school, while one fifth studied at an independent school.

More than half of its employees became the first in their family to attend university, while just under a tenth of staff received free school meals. Deloitte is using this information to help evaluate the impacts of its recent changes to its recruitment policy.

In September the Big Four group revamped its selection process in a bid to stop recruiters from knowing where candidates went to school or university. The firm also doubled the size of its BrightStart Business Apprenticeship Scheme, creating an additional 100 jobs for school leavers.

David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said: “We want to show that everyone can thrive, develop and succeed in our firm but realise that a perception exists among some that the professional and financial services sectors are a ‘closed-shop’.

“This view is not helped by the lack of information available. We hope that by publishing this data we can go some way to dispelling this myth, whilst also recognising that we have a lot of work to do before we truly reflect the clients and communities we serve.”

Managing partner for talent Emma Codd added that Deloitte is continuing to improve the transparency and accuracy of its recruitment process, while urging other businesses to “remove barriers to progress”.

Related Articles

Bill Dodwell, Tax Partner, Deloitte

People In Practice Bill Dodwell, Tax Partner, Deloitte

1d Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
John Cullinane, Tax Policy Director, CIOT

People In Business John Cullinane, Tax Policy Director, CIOT

1d Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Financial Power List 2018: 41-45 revealed

People In Business Financial Power List 2018: 41-45 revealed

1d Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Jonathan Bingham, Partner, KPMG

People In Practice Jonathan Bingham, Partner, KPMG

2d Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
HMRC executive chair knighted for services to taxpayers and the tax system

People In Practice HMRC executive chair knighted for services to taxpayers and the tax system

2w Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
Top 5 accountancy practice hires of 2017

People In Practice Top 5 accountancy practice hires of 2017

1m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Deloitte hires ex-HSBC global head of IFRS as partner

Big Four Deloitte hires ex-HSBC global head of IFRS as partner

1m Lucy Skoulding, Reporter
Deloitte appoints former RBS Group Strategy Director as partner

Big Four Deloitte appoints former RBS Group Strategy Director as partner

3m Alia Shoaib, Reporter