An introduction from Ruth Hunt,
Chief Executive of Stonewall
One of the most significant achievements in Stonewall’s 25-year history has been helping hundreds of major employers make their workplaces environments where lesbian, gay and bisexual staff are truly welcomed. Stonewall launched Starting Out through our workplace programme and it remains the go-to national guide for students and job-switchers keen to find an employer who values a diverse workforce. As Starting Out turns ten we’re delighted to profile 573 employers in this edition – great news for discerning jobseekers. Every employer featured is committed to making their workplace gay-friendly, through their membership of our Diversity Champions programme. Furthermore, we know that if an organisation is good at supporting their LGB staff then they’re much more likely to be thinking about other equality issues too, including gender and gender identity, disability and issues facing BAME staff.
Since 2003 it has been unlawful to discriminate at work on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Equality Act of 2010 strengthened this, putting responsibility on employers to promote equality. But the employers in this guide go one step further – they’re actively looking for the very best people and recognise that some happen to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. They understand that those people want a working environment where they’ll truly be valued as individuals and in return they’ll achieve their best performance.
This guide provides you with tips for your job search and practical pointers on developing your career. It also features employers’ rankings in Stonewall’s latest Workplace Equality Index, listing those who were able to secure a position on our prestigious Top 100 list of gay-friendly employers. If you’ve settled on a sector and are looking for a new role visit our www.proudemployers.org.uk jobs site featuring current vacancies exclusively from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions. With the employer profiles in this online guide, you can identify gay-friendly employers to support you as you build your career.
Starting Out is designed to offer hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual jobseekers the power to take their skills and talents to an employer that will really value them.
With very best wishes in your job search and in your future career from everyone at Stonewall.