Diversity Report

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce. We seek to employ the best person for a role regardless of race, gender, religion or any other parameter and promote a working environment free from any form of discrimination or victimisation on any grounds.

We periodically monitor the diversity profile of our team through an anonymous collection of data. During this we gather statistics on age, gender, ethnicity, disability, faith, sexual orientation, socio-economic backgrounds and caring responsibilities.

The following is a summary of responses to the ‘Diversity Data Collection Questionnaire’ distributed to staff in March 2021.

This year’s survey highlights that as a firm, we have a good mix of male and female staff, together with a broad overall age band within the workforce. We have limited mixed ethnicity but this purely reflects the local area.

This questionnaire was obtained from the ICAEW. More information about the ICAEW’s Diversity Reporting can be found here.

Number of responses received: 37 (92.5%)

Role in the Firm

Chartered Accountant Partner 2
Manager 1
Qualified
Training 1
Other Chartered Accountant Partner 2
Manager 2
Qualified 1
Training 2
Other Accountant Partner
Manager 4
Qualified 2
Training 1
Legally qualified Partner
Assistant / Associate
Other
Other legal Partner
Other
Other profession Partner 1
Manager 1
Qualified 1
Training 1
Direct Support Staff Partner
Manager 1
Qualified 4
Training 2
Other Partner
Manager 2
Qualified
Training 1
Prefer not to say 5

Age

16 – 24 3
25 – 34 5
35 – 44 3
45 – 54 13
55 – 64 8
65+ 1
Prefer not to say 4

Gender

(a) Which gender to you identify with?

Male 13
Female 21
Other 1
Prefer not to say 2

(b) Is the gender you now identify with different from the gender you were assigned at birth? 

Yes
No 35
Prefer not to say 2

Disability

(a) Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act?

Yes 1
No 33
Prefer not to say 3

(b) Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted,
or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

Yes, limited a lot
Yes, limited a little 3
No 31
Prefer not to say 3

(c) If you answered “Yes” to any of the previous two questions please identify which of the
health problems or disabilities below apply?

Cognitive / learning 1
Digestive / continence 2
Manual dexterity
Mental health 2
Mobility
Physical coordination
Physical strength
Sensory
Other
Prefer not to say

Ethnic Group

Asian/Asian British Bangladeshi
Chinese
Indian 1
Pakistani
Other Asian
Black/African/Caribbean/British African
Caribbean
Any other Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
Mixed/multiple ethnic groups White and Asian
White and Black African
White and Black Caribbean
Other mixed/multiple ethnic background
White British/English/Welsh/Northern Irish/Scottish 32
Irish
Gypsy or Irish Traveller
Any other White background
Arab Arab
Other Other ethnic group
Prefer not to say 4

 

Faith

Buddhist
Christian 15
Hindu
Muslim 1
Jewish
Sikh
Any other religion 1
No religion 18
Prefer not to say 2

Sexual Orientation

Bisexual
Gay man 1
Gay woman / lesbian
Heterosexual / straight 31
Other
Prefer not to say 5

Socio-Economic Background

(a) What is the highest level of qualification achieved by either of your parent(s)
or guardian(s) by the time you were 18?

At least one has a degree level qualification 5
At least one has A Level or vocational qualifications 10
Qualifications below A Level / vocational 4
I don’t know 7
No formal qualifications 5
Not applicable 1
Other
Prefer not to say 5

(b) What type of school did you mainly attend between the ages of 11 and 16?

A state-run or state-funded school 31
Attended school outside of the British Isles
Independent or fee-paying school 3
Selective on academic, faith or other grounds 1
Non-selective
I don’t know 1
Prefer not to say 1

 

Social mobility

(a) What is the highest level of qualification you hold, or if you are a qualified accountant
or lawyer, held prior to becoming qualified?

Degree level 12
A Level or vocational qualification 13
Qualifications below A Level / vocational 7
No formal qualifications 2
I don’t know 1
Not applicable
Other 1
Prefer not to say 1

(b) Did either (or both) of the following apply at any point during your school years?

(i) Did your household received income support?

Yes 3
No 23
I don’t know 7
Prefer not to say 4

(ii) Were you entitled to free school meals?

Yes 2
No 26
I don’t know 6
Prefer not to say 3

(c) Thinking back to when you were aged about 14, which best describes the sort of work
the main / highest income earner in your household did in their main job?

Modern professional occupations such as: teacher/lecturer, nurse, physiotherapist, social worker, welfare officer, artist, musician, police office (sergeant or above), software designer 5
Clerical and intermediate occupations such as: secretary, personal assistant, clerical worker, office clerk, call centre agent, nursing auxiliary, nursery nurse 2
Senior managers and administrators usually responsible for planning, organising and coordinating work and for finance such as: finance manager, chief executive 3
Technical and craft occupations such as: motor mechanic, fitter, inspector, plumber, printer, tool-maker, electrician, train driver 7
Semi-routine manual and service occupations such as: postal worker, machine operative, security guard, caretaker, farm worker, catering assistant, receptionist, sales assistant 4
Routine manual and service occupations such as: HGV drive, van driver, cleaner, porter, packer, sewing machinist, messenger, labourer, waiter / waitress, bar staff 5
Armed forces personnel for example soldier, airman, naval or military policy
Middle or junior managers such as: office manager, retail manager, bank manager, restaurant manager, warehouse manager, publican 4
Traditional professional occupations such as: accountant, solicitor, medical practitioner, scientist, civil/mechanical engineer 2
Short term unemployed (claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance or earlier unemployment benefit for a year or less)
Long term unemployed (claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance or earlier unemployment benefit for more than a year)
Inactive (excluding those that are retired)
Retired
Not applicable
I don’t know 1
Other 1
Prefer not to say 3

 

Caring reponsibilities

(a) Are you the primary carer for a child or children under the age of 18?

Yes 6
No 28
Prefer not to say 3

(b) Do you look after, or give any help or support to members, friends, neighbours
or other of either long-term or mental ill-health / disability or related to old age?

No 33
Yes, 1-19 hours per week 1
Yes, 20-49 hours per week
Yes, 50 hours or more a week 1
Prefer not to say 2

 

Marital Status

Single (never married or never registered a same-sex civil partnership) 13
Married 21
In a registered same-sex civil partnership
Separated (but still legally married or still legally in a same-sex civil partnership
Divorced or formally in a same-sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved 1
Widowed of surviving partner from a same-sex civil partnership
Other
Prefer not to say 2

Maternity/Paternity

(a) Have you taken maternity or paternity leave in the last 5 years?

Yes 6
No 31

(b) If yes: (i) Did you return to your current employer after the leave?

Yes 4
No 2

(b) If yes: (ii) Did your current employer give you additional leave for ante-natal appointments?

Yes 2
No
Not applicable 4

(b) If yes: (iii) Has your employer offered you flexible working arrangements?

Yes 3
No
Not applicable 3

(b) If yes: (iv) Has the ability to work from home been an important aide in your return to work?

Yes 1
No 2
Not applicable 3