HM Revenue and Customs scoop major award for gender equality

HM Revenue and Customs was announced last night as the winner of the Responsible Business for Gender Equality 2018.

In a change from previous years,  the results of this prestigious award was announced at the Business in the Community Responsiible Business Awards Dinner,  held last night at the Royal Allbert Hall, London and was awarded to the organisation that best demonstrates a particularly high performance across the whole Gender Equality Awards entry process and transformational change and innovation.

HMRC runs a  programme centred on HMRC’s key work, which equips trainees with the skills to perform in a range of Grade 7 technical roles. In 2015, 40% of applicants to this programme were women, but only 24% of appointed trainees. As this programme is key to feeding to HMRC’s senior talent pipeline, the Programme Team recognised this could significantly impact on gender representation at senior levels and the perception of the programme’s suitability for female applicants.  

The impact of the programme can be seen in the impact statistics that show a  steady improvement in the proportion of women appointed to the programme, rising from 22% in 2015 to 39% in 2017 – an increase of 77%. The number of women appointed to the graduate programme also increased by 66%, from 52 in 2015 to 86 in 2017. These changes have seen HMRC rise from 92nd to 43rd place in the Guardian’s 2017 graduate employer ranking. The number of applications from women continues to average around 42%, and HMRC is looking at how to increase this percentage both internally and externally.

Find out more at the Gender Equality Awards 2018 - Winners and Finalists page.