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Equality and Diversity 2017

Bates Ltd and Workforce Diversity Survey 2017


Bates Ltd, as a provider of legal services and an employer of staff, is committed to protecting the rights of individuals and to advancing equality of opportunity for all its employees. It currently employs 63 staff at its offices in London. Weybridge, Leigh on Sea, Fleet, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Witney and Basingstoke.

In August 2017 it surveyed its staff to assist in the collection of equality and diversity data on a national level  as required by the Solicitors` Regulation Authority.

89 % of its staff volunteered to participate in this Survey. Bates Ltd are publishing a summary of its findings from this survey. The information set out below represent the make- up of the firm as at 1st August 2017.


1. Employment and Ownership

2. Age Distribution

3. Gender:     89 % of the Bates Ltd workforce identify themselves as female whilst 11% identify themselves as male.  67% of its Directors are female and 33% are male. In each category of its workforce females are more prevalent than male workers. 67% of its Directors are female and 33% are male.


4. Disability:    This year there has been a slight increase in the number in the firm who considered themselves to be have a disability as defined by the Equality Act; currently amounting to 6% of the workforce.

5. 4% of the workforce assessed that their day-to-day activities were limited because of a disability or health problem which has lasted or is expected to last at least for 12 months.


6. Ethnicity:    94%of the workforce described themselves as white.  6% of the workforce identified themselves as Asian or of mixed or multiple ethnic groups; whilst another 6% of 53 members of the workforce described themselves as white and non British.

7. State or Other School education during ages 11-18.
As can be seen from the chart below, nearly 3/4 of the workforce attended state school.

8. First Generation of family to attend University to BA/BSc level or higher.
Of the 31 people in the workforce who had attended university, just over half belonged to the first generation of their families to attend University whilst slightly less than half did not.

9. Caring Responsibilities:

27% of the workforce are described as having primary carer responsibilities for a child or children.

10. Caring Responsibilities
14% of the workforce look after or care for someone with long term physical or mental ill health caused by disability or age but not in a paid capacity.

(1) Data current as at 1st August 2017

(2) Data has been rounded to the nearest per cent and only includes information that has been provided directly by individuals who participated in the survey. Data has been excluded which may provide personally identifiable information and in accordance with data protection requirements.

(3) The term “workforce” includes all those  who provided information for the question involved.

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