Brodies LLP is the third highest-ranked Scottish business in a league table of the 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace.

Brodies ranked 39 on top 50 Social Mobility Employers Index

The Social Mobility Employer Index, which is believed to be a world-first, places Scotland's largest law firm 39th in the league table.

The index ranks private and public sector organisations according to the action that they have taken to encourage social mobility by attracting and nurturing talent from all backgrounds, and is a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission, in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

The aim of the Social Mobility Employer 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.

Nearly 100 employers from 17 sectors, who collectively employ just under one million people, submitted entries about their practices and procedures in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection and progression.

Brodies, which has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels, was a founding member of PRIME, a pioneering initiative by the UK's leading law firms to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession by offering quality work experience and continuing support to young people from less privileged backgrounds.

The firm currently works with schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to help promote the initiative to their students. To date, seven of its former PRIME students have secured places at university to study law.

Brodies, which employs more than 600 staff, is also committed to its work with school pupils through the Career Ready programme - a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

Career Ready is aimed at those students who are less confident, perhaps not strong academically and from low income families who need the guidance and opportunity to compete for a career on a more level playing field.

Brodies has been working with this programme for the past two years, mentoring students and offering them valuable work experience in its Edinburgh office.

In addition, Modern Apprentices have been employed at Brodies since 2013 and all vacancies within the firm's support functions are assessed before recruitment begins to see whether an apprentice would be suitable.

To date, seven apprentices have worked for the firm.

The Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index ranking

  1. Grant Thornton UK LLP
  3. Skanska UK PLC
  4. Standard Life
  5. Deloitte UK
  6. J.P. Morgan
  7. PwC
  8. Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
  9. WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc
  10. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  11. Baker McKenzie
  12. Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent
  13. Fujitsu
  14. Ministry of Justice
  15. Pinsent Masons LLP
  16. EY
  17. Burges Salmon
  18. Aspire Housing
  19. Clifford Chance
  20. Linklaters LLP
  21. Rolls Royce Plc
  22. Lloyds Banking Group
  23. EDF Energy
  24. O2
  25. Herbert Smith Freehills
  26. Hogan Lovells International LLP
  27. Simmons & Simmons
  28. BBC
  29. Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  30. Aberdeen Asset Management
  31. Barts Health NHS Trust
  32. Freeths LLP
  33. Barclays Bank Plc
  34. National Grid plc
  35. The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  36. M&G Investments
  37. HM Revenue & Customs
  38. Severn Trent
  39. Brodies LLP
  40. HM Treasury
  41. Bank of England
  42. CH2M
  43. HFW
  44. Ministry of Defence
  45. Schroders
  46. DLA Piper
  47. FDM Group
  48. Charles Russell Speechlys
  49. Department for Education
  50. Stephenson Harwood