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Scottish Government top Scottish employer in 2009

Stonewall today publishes its 2009 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) , showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

The top Scottish employer for 2009 is the Scottish Government, who also came 27th UK wide - up from 33 last year.

The Index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included the largest ever survey of lesbian and gay employees, with almost 7,000 participants. This consistently revealed staff satisfaction levels were highest at the top ranking organisations in the Index. Staff were also more likely to disclose their sexual orientation in monitoring exercises at the highest ranking organisations.

The UK-wide Index names Lloyds TSB as the best place to work in 2009 for lesbian and gay people. In second place is Hampshire Constabulary and Brighton & Hove City Council comes third.

Lothian and Borders Police - last year's top Scottish employers - came second in Scotland this year.

Calum Irving, director of Stonewall Scotland, said: "We congratulate the Scottish Government on this fantastic achievement.

"They have shown strong leadership, raised awareness and tackled workplace homophobia effectively, creating a positive environment where lesbian, bisexual and gay staff can be themselves - and setting a great example for all organisations in Scotland."

David Shields, Stonewall's Director of Workplace Programmes, said: "In the credit crunch, shrewd employers know it makes good business sense not to cut back on robust diversity initiatives. Stonewall research proves that gay people perform much better at work when they can be themselves. This is a time when staff performance is crucial to employers weathering financial difficulties, which is no doubt why the Index was at its most competitive this year."

Employers who want to find out more about equality in the workplace can come to Stonewall Scotland's annual Scottish Workplace Conference this February.

The full top 100 can be seen here.


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