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MI5 named best employer for promoting LGBT diversity

By Francesca Gosling

Published 19/01/2016

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker
Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker

MI5 has been named the best employer in the country for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity.

A survey revealed that the organisation, one of the most secretive in the world, last year provided staff with quality employment policies, training, career development opportunities, and especially support for LGBT employees.

It beat more than 400 organisations to top workplace equality campaigner Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list for 2016, after achieving seventh place in 2015.

Director-general Andrew Parker said: "Diversity is vital for MI5, not just because it's right that we represent the communities we serve, but because we rely on the skills of the most talented people, whoever they are, and wherever they may be."

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