RBS wins 'outstanding employer' of the year at Ethnicity Awards 2019

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) won the “outstanding employer” of the year at the Ethnicity Awards 2019.

HRreview attended the event at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on 25th October.  RBS received the award as they are “investing in ethnicity” and progressing its ethnicity agenda in relation to:

  • Board and senior associates
  • Policy and data
  • Culture and inclusion
  • Employee life cycle


Ten companies were shortlisted for the award, they were: Allen & Overy, a law firm, Channel 4, a UK broadcaster, Freshfields LLP, a law firm, HSBC UK, a bank, KPMG, a multinational professional services network, Lloyds banking group, Macfarlanes LLP, a London-based law firm, National Grid,  a British multinational electricity and gas utility company and Viacom International Media Networks, is the international division of Viacom.

Very recently, RBS decided to put a stop to the use of contractors due to IR35. Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays also decided to scrap contractors or force them in to umbrella companies due to IR35.

Howie Palmer, social media manager at RBS said:

We have worked really hard over the years to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse communities we serve, by being open and honest conversations and taking actions for this happen.

We know we have still got a long way to go butn this award shows we are on the right track.

Lets keep it moving!

The winner of this category is determined by the scoring-system of the Government-backed Maturity Matrix. The Matrix is a checklist of 66 key actions that employers can undertake to add to their ethnicity agenda. It indicates the level that an organisation is on its journey.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.