29 April 2021

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most highly profiled and well-established listing of employers striving for gender equality in the workplace. For more than a decade, the incredibly competitive process has identified companies that make gender equality part of their business strategy and are trying to bring it to life at all levels of the organisation.

Run by Business in the Community (BITC) – the business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business founded by HRH The Prince of Wales – the list assesses applicants on a range of areas, including their approach to recruitment, family-friendly policies and how they have championed gender equality in the context of the pandemic.

The list is published as a special supplement, with the theme of ‘The Way Ahead for Gender Equality – The Time is Now’ for 2021, in The Times’ newspaper and on its website.

Burges Salmon’s Managing Partner, Roger Bull, comments: “Our recognition in the 2021 The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is a great achievement for the firm, particularly given the level of competition this year.

“Diversity and inclusion are of paramount importance to our firm-wide strategy and in 2020 we established our Gender Action Plan which was developed following consultation with our people and is being driven by our senior leadership team. This underpins our commitment to ensuring our female colleagues can see demonstrable evidence of a clear route to senior roles within the business, equality in terms of pay and recognition, and a strong support network within the firm to help facilitate this.”

Charlotte Woodworth, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, says: “COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.

“We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period. This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like Burges Salmon haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”

For more information about The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021, please visit Business in the Community's website here.

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