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Social Mobility Employer Index

Assess and monitor your organisation’s progress on social mobility.

The submission form for the 2021 Social Mobility Employer Index will go live at 2pm on 1st March.

The key findings report for the 2020 Index is available to read here.

Now in its fourth year, the Employer Index has become the leading authority on employer best practice in the field of social mobility.

The Index is an important bench-marking initiative that ranks Britain’s employers for the first time on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds and it showcases progress towards improving social mobility.

Research has consistently shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs and that employers tend to disproportionately employ graduates who went to private schools and elite universities.

The aim of the Index is to encourage firms to share their initiatives and progress in becoming more inclusive employers and to reveal which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.

The 2020 Index highlights that some sectors of the economy – law, public sector and financial services – as a whole have made some positive strides to improve social mobility in the workplace, but overall progress is too slow. The SMF is calling on those sectors which have benefited most from the Covid-19 pandemic, especially major tech, gaming, or pharmaceutical companies, to make a public commitment to social mobility in 2021.

For more information, please see the FAQs below.

The Top 75 Social Mobility Employer Index rankings (click to enlarge)

Top 75 Social Mobility Employer Index rankings 2020



Why take part?
Benchmark your work

The Index assesses your work on social mobility by asking a series of questions across different sections – work with young people, routes into the organisation, attraction, recruitment, progression, culture & experienced hires and internal & external advocacy. Regardless of how far you have got with tackling social mobility, the Index can help guide your work.

Guide your social mobility approach

Entering the Index helps employers to build an action plan for social mobility within their organisation. All organisations receive a feedback report highlighting areas they performed well, where improvements can be made and how they performed compared to other Index entrants in each section.

Show your commitment

By taking part in the Social Mobility Employer Index, you are demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

How do I submit to the Index?

The Index is free of charge to enter. Organisations are asked to complete an online survey covering 7 sections. Organisations are not required to answer all questions or all sections in order to enter. For more information about the Index, please click here to be added to the mailing list.

Can organisations enter anonymously?

Yes, you can make an anonymous submission to the Index and we will only publish the Top 75 organisations. If you chose to enter anonymously but make it into the Top 75, we will contact to ask you if you would like to be published

What is the Employee Survey?

The employee survey provides a cultural context to the data in submissions. Organisations can send the survey of 8 questions to their employees and we will analyse the results and share this with you with a comparison to the average from other entrants.

Questions are focused on whether employees feel that their workplaces are inclusive of all social backgrounds and we ask employees to anonymously self-identify their class background so that organisations can compare responses across different class groups.

It is not a requirement of submitting to the Index to also take part in the Employee Survey, however we do reward organisations for their involvement in this in the overall scoring.

Can I view a Word version of the Index questions?

Yes, once you have registered your interest in submitting to the 2021 Index, you will be able to download a word version of the questions from the online survey.

Is there guidance available on completing the Index?

Yes, organisations can download guidance notes from the online survey after signing up to the 2021 Index in February 2021. Guidance for the 2020 Index can be found here.

If you have questions that are not covered in the guidance notes, we will be more than happy to help if you email

2021 submissions

The 2021 Social Mobility Employer Index will open for submissions in February 2021.

Mailing List

For more information about the Index, please click here to be added to the mailing list.