Public Sector and LGBT equality: Recognition for 30+ employers in Stonewall’s Top 100


Over 30 Public Sector employers have been recognised as great places to work for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality, in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2016. The WEI is a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

The index is formed from a submission from the employer on their policies and practices, plus feedback directly from staff on their experiences of the working culture:

  • Are lesbian, gay and bi people comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation at work?
  • Are there visible lesbian, gay, bi and trans role models in the organisation?
  • Are lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees supported by managers and senior managers?
  • Are staff confident reporting homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in the workplace

Whilst not making it into the Top 100 this year, many more are listed as Diversity Champions in Stonewall’s ‘Starting Out Guide’ – the definitive guide to LGBT-inclusive employers.


Ask employers including the Civil Service and HM Treasury about their policies and culture in person at the Public Sector Fair at SOAS on Thursday 27th October!

Check out the full lists of Stonewall’s Top 100 and the Diversity Champions here.


The Public Sector includes a huge variety of roles and opportunities. Here, we run through some examples of LGBT-inclusive employers and possible routes of entry for graduates.

Civil service Departments and Agencies:

The Home Office receives high accolade as a Star Performer in 2016, having been ranked in Stonewall’s Top 10 three times in the past five years. The Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Justice feature as Diversity Champions. The Civil Service Fast Stream is a highly rated graduate scheme (currently 18th in the Guardian Top 300 graduate employers) in which staff work across a variety of departments. Also see individual department websites and civil service jobs for opportunities.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) comes in at 36 in the Top 100. ONS offers graduate analytical positions, including Economic Researchers which they are currently recruiting* for 14 positions.

Local Government

In London, Tower Hamlets and Islington are feature in the Top 100 as do, more widely, Birmingham City and Newcastle City Councils. Eight other London Boroughs are featured as Diversity Champions, including Hackney, Newham and Sutton. Opportunities for graduates include the National Graduate Development Program, a graduate scheme run by the Local Government Association in which different councils participate. Also see local websites.

Local Councils, an organisation which represents the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, also features as a Diversity Champion. London Councils offers opportunities including in policy and research roles.

Devolved Governments and Offices

Wales is strongly represented with The National Assembly for Wales comes in at an impressive 3rd in the Top 100, with The Welsh Government ranked 17th. Opportunities include via the Civil Service Fast Stream, and see their websites.

Scotland’s Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service features at 25th, and offers opportunities including Solicitor Traineeships for law graduates.

Policing and Defence

Six Police Forces and the National Crime Agency are featured in the Top 100, plus many more on the Diversity Champions list, including London’s Metropolitan Police. Originating in the Met Police, there is now a national Policing Graduate Scheme Police:Now.

International Security Intelligence Service MI6 ranks at 36th. Opportunities include language specialists and intelligence officers. MI5 features as the top employer in the Top 100, and offers three different graduate programmes.

NHS Trusts and Emergency Services

These also featured strongly in the Top 100. See local sites for opportunities.


* Live at time of writing

Alice Moon, Careers Consultant


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