Gay equality charity Stonewall has published its Top 100 Employers 2009, showcasing Britain's best employers for gay staff. While Lloyds TSB is named the best place to work for lesbian and gay people, second is Hampshire Constabulary and third is Brighton & Hove City Council -- indicating the public sector remains effective at attracting top talent from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community.
The Index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included the largest ever survey of lesbian and gay employees, with almost 7,000 participants.
This consistently revealed staff satisfaction levels were highest at the top-ranking organisations in the Index.
Gay staff working at the top 25 workplaces reported a satisfaction level almost 10 per cent higher than workplaces outside the top 100. Staff were also more likely to disclose their sexual orientation in monitoring exercises at the highest ranking organisations.
"This was our most competitive index to date," says Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. "We received more entries than ever from employers who have taken heed of Stonewall research which found gay people are more likely to buy goods or services from companies they know are gay-friendly. The Index is a powerful tool used by Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills." The Home Office came 10th in the top 100 list, four places higher than last year, and it remains the highest ranking Civil Service department. It also won the award for Employee Network Group of the year for Spectrum. Launched in September 2003, following a Stonewall report on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in the Home Office, Spectrum has more than 400 members, as well as 1,000 friends and associates.
It offers mentoring, counselling, conferences, educational and social events to all Home Office and agency staff and they have developed LGBT bullying and harassment education programmes nationally through its extensive network of regional representatives..
Debbie Browett worked in the UK Border agency until she was elected chair of Spectrum 18 months ago. as part of her two-year secondment to the Home Office's diversity team, based in Marsham Street, Westminster, she has been key in organising these conferences, one-to-one mentoring programmes between senior staff and younger employees and devising educational programmes …