What diversity means and why it matters

At Barclays, we believe our success depends on having a diverse and inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work.

To achieve this crucial goal, we’re delivering a global strategy to ensure that all our employees’ unique talents are valued and utilised. Our initiatives focus on five core agendas: gender, disability, LGBT, multicultural and multigenerational.

For us, diversity is much more than a buzzword. The more we increase diversity and support each other, the more directly we can enrich our customers and the ways we do business. It strengthens our values, culture
 and brand.

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Barclays will only succeed if we relentlessly focus on building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment.
- Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC

How we support Diversity & Inclusion

Firstly, we drive inclusion through our recruitment and selection practices by focusing on performance and potential throughout the process. Here, we place much less emphasis on past academic grades and experiences, as these are known barriers to social mobility.

Across the business, we have diversity councils who are responsible for implementing our global D&I strategy at a local level. We’re also running flagship campaigns for each of our core areas. And we have a range of thriving employee networks to provide forums for discussion and to make sure everyone has rock-solid support.

Read on to discover more about each of our five Diversity & Inclusion agendas. You can also find out more about our award-winning work here.

Our supportive culture

Hear from Tim Throsby - President of Barclays International - about Barclays and World Mental Health Day.


The Times Top 50 Employers 2018 (8th year)


98% score in the Business Disability Forum Disability Standard Benchmark


Stonewall Star Performer


Working Families Embedded Flexibility Award


Best Employer for Race 2017.


We’re passionate about giving women across the globe more opportunities to fulfil their career aspirations. And we’re fully committed to increasing female representation in senior leadership roles. Click here to find out about the ways we do it.  

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At Barclays, we’re fully committed to increasing opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

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We have a strong record of celebrating the LGBT* community. In fact, we’re proud to be one of Stonewall’s Star Performers– a select group of organisations that have consistently demonstrated exemplary practice to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

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To meet the diverse needs of employees at different stages of their lives, we provide all kinds of bespoke programmes, tools and networks. Whether you’re at the start of your career, a working parent, part of our military network or nearing retirement, we’ll help you create a role that works for you.

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Creating an inclusive culture is something we’re really passionate about. In fact, we want people from all cultures, faiths and nationalities to see us as their go-to bank.

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