Finalists of the Barclays Business Diversity Awards 2013

Finalists of the Barclays Business Diversity Awards 2013

Our diversity strategy

Talented people are the foundation of our success, whatever their style, personality, age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


Gender is a main focus of our Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, which is sponsored by the Barclays Executive Diversity Group.

Across the business, we want to see more women represented in senior roles. While we recognise this is a challenge faced by the financial sector as a whole, we’re determined to do all we can to enable women to fulfil their career potential at Barclays. We believe in leading from the top and have committed to achieving recommendations for Board-level female representation of at least 20% by the end of 2013, increasing to more than 25% by the end of 2015.

We’re taking a proactive approach to promoting gender diversity throughout our organisation. While merit is our only basis for recruitment, we actively consider gender diversity when attracting talent, from our future leader programmes to our most senior hires, and ensure our recruitment suppliers support our aspirations to attract diverse candidates.

Women’s Initiative Networks have been established by colleagues all over the world and the Barclays Women of the Year Awards recognise exceptional personal and professional achievements from our female colleagues globally, as well as recognising male colleagues who advocate and support female career advancement.


Barclays is committed to being a disability confident organisation. We aim to attract talented people, supporting disabilities or health conditions by providing the equipment and adjustments that enable our people to excel.

The insights of our colleagues with disabilities help us to identify new ways of making our products, services and facilities accessible to everyone. For example, we run Disability Listening Groups, hosted by senior executives across the business; these forums provide colleagues with disabilities with the opportunity to meet with senior leaders and provide input into tactical changes to improve the working environment.

Disability Awareness Employee Networks are open to all colleagues who have an interest in disability. They provide career development support, and opportunities for education and networking, as well as supplying relevant feedback on policies, products and services. 

We are also very proud to be the first bank in the UK to launch ‘Talking ATMs’ across the country, enabling customers with sight impairments to better navigate our cash machines.


Barclays recognises that generational diversity adds intellectual capital to our organisation, which facilitates innovation for our colleagues, customers and clients. We have a long history of supporting the recruitment and retention of an age-diverse workforce and we want to receive job applications from people of all ages.

There is no age limit on any career opportunity at Barclays. Promotion is based on merit, assessed through an annual performance and development review process, and training is open to all colleagues.

We are proud to be one of the few organisations that have taken the proactive and deliberate step of incorporating Multigenerational Diversity into our Employee Network strategy. Our Age Employee Network champions the belief that skill, ability, competence and capability are the foundations of performance.

The network strives to raise awareness of the different generational working styles, perspectives and needs of our colleagues and customers. And it seeks to find ways that help us to leverage these unique differences to continually improve our working environment, employee policies, products and services.

Sexual orientation

At Barclays, our strong track record in supporting our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) colleagues and customers has been recognised globally by various external organisations including the  Human Rights Campaign in the US.

In recognition of the work we do to ensure our workplace, products and services, are inclusive, Barclays was ranked as number three in the 2011 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) run by the UK's leading Lesbian Gay Bisexual charity. In the USA, we achieved 100% in the 2011 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Established in 2002, our Barclays Spectrum Employee Networks partner the business to generate ideas for continual improvement as well as facilitating the connection of LGBT employees and other colleagues. In 2011, Spectrum received a Stonewall 'Network of the year' award in recognition of its positive impact across Barclays.


In today's global environment it is vital that organisations operate with greater cultural sensitivity. Our colleagues across our global footprint make up a rich kaleidoscope of nationalities, culture and heritage. Their unique perspectives are invaluable in ensuring we understand what matters to our customers and clients around the world, and help ensure we can provide specialist products and services to meet their needs.

Our Cultural Awareness Employee Networks connect colleagues across Barclays to ensure we continue to find new ways to look at the world, with the aim of valuing and leveraging difference. Our network runs an interesting programme of events throughout the year which celebrates people’s multicultural backgrounds and faiths.

Work-life integration

We understand that many of our colleagues are combining busy family and personal lives while managing stretching work responsibilities. To attract and retain the most talented people, we strive to provide a working environment which provides support, encouragement and flexibility to all colleagues.

Our flexible working policies are in place to provide practical support to colleagues, helping them to balance all aspects of their lives.

We sponsor Employee Networks that support all parents – married, single, same-sex, mums, dads or legal guardians – as well as anyone who has caring responsibilities for elders.

In 2011, we signed up as a pioneering member of the UK Centre for Talent Innovation.

Recruitment and retention

At Barclays, we will always want the best person for the job and are committed to continuing to understand the changing needs of talent globally and creating an inclusive environment where that talent can thrive. 

For more information on how to apply for a role at Barclays, visit our Careers hub.