MI5 has been named the UK’s best employer for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.
Mashable reports that, of the 400 organisations who took part in the LGBT rights charity Stonewall’s annual survey of the country’s most inclusive employers, the spy agency came out on top.
As part of the survey, entrants gave evidence demonstrating their organisation’s performance against a set of best practice criteria.
The criteria assessment spanned ten areas of policy and practice, including training, staff engagement, line management and network groups, and breaks down an employer’s attitude towards workplace diversity and inclusion.
The criteria questions in the survey also addressed whether there were visible LGBT role models in the organisation and whether lesbian, gay and bisexual people felt comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation at work.
In addition to MI5, Stonewall named Lloyds Banking Group, National Assembly for Wales, social housing provider B3Living, and law firm Pinsent Masons in its top five list.
In an official statement MI5 director general Andrew Parker said:
Much of MI5’s work keeping the country safe goes on by necessity out of view, so I’m delighted we can be publicly recognised as such an inclusive and welcoming place to work.
Diversity is vital for MI5, not just because it’s right that we represent the communities we serve, but because we rely on the skills of the most talented people whoever they are, and wherever they may be.
Last year, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust was voted the most gay-friendly employer in the UK.