Equality and Diversity Statement

The principles of equality and diversity are important, and valued at Stephenson Smart accountants.

As a firm we regularly review our working practices and are reviewing our Inclusivity and Diversity Policy to ensure the potential full engagement of our employees.

We are currently considering hybrid working methods and are investing in suitable IT and communication systems in order to extend our inclusivity in this regard.

Through our recruitment we promote equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to ensure all staff receive equal opportunities to become involved in training and other activities that are offered throughout the firm.

To ensure that our policies on equal opportunities and diversity are effective, all staff are asked to complete, on an anonymised basis, an annual Diversity Questionnaire.

Equality and Diversity Questionnaire Results

Our diversity statistics are available on request. A summary of the results is provided below. Percentages are of those who responded:

Professional qualifications

ICAEW Chartered Accountant (qualified or training) 35.5%

Other Chartered Accountant (qualified or training) 16.0%

Other accountant (qualified or training) 21.0%

Other profession 6.5%

Other/direct support staff 8.1%

Prefer not to say 12.9%



16-24 19.0%

25-34 31.0%

35-44 20.7%

45-54 19.0%

55-64 8.6%

65+ 0%

Prefer not to say 1.7%


Gender you identify with

Male 46.5%

Female 53.5%

Other 0%

Prefer not to say 0%

Gender different from that assigned at birth

Yes 15.1%

No 84.9%

Prefer not to say 0%


Staff considering themselves to have a disability according to definition by Equality Act

Yes 1.7%

No 98.3%

Prefer not to say 0%

Are day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability

Limited a lot 0%

Limited a little 5.2%

No 93.1%

Prefer not to say 1.7%

If answered ‘yes’ which health problems or disabilities apply

Cognitive/learning 8.3%

Sensory 8.3%

Not applicable 66.7%

Other 16.7%


Ethnic Group

Asian/Asian British 0%

Black/African/Caribbean/British 0%

Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Groups 0%

White 100%

Arab 0%

Other/prefer not to say 0%



Christian 39.7

No religion 60.3%

Prefer not to say 0%


Sexual orientation

Heterosexual/straight 100%


Highest level of qualification achieved by either parents/guardians by time 18

At least one has degree 19.1%

At least one has A-levels or vocational qualification 17.2%

Qualifications below A-level/vocational 24.1%

Don’t know 17.2%

No formal qualifications 20.7%

Prefer not to say 1.7%

School type

UK state school 91.4%

School outside the British Isles 3.5%

Independent/fee-paying school 1.7%

Selective on academic/faith or other grounds 3.4%

I don’t know 0%

Prefer not to say 0%

Highest level of qualifications

Degree 34.6%

A level or vocational 51.7%

Qualifications below A level 8.6%

No formal qualifications 3.4%

I don’t know 1.7%

Prefer not to say 0%


Household income support received during school years

Yes 13.7%

No 71.0%

Don’t know 12.0%

Prefer not to say 3.3%

Free school meals received during school years

Yes 8.6%

No 79.3%

Don’t know 8.6%

Prefer not to say 3.5%


Primary carers for children under 18

Yes 31.0%

No 69.0%

Prefer not to say 0%

Care-givers to family members, friends, neighbours or others

No 94.8%

Yes, 1-19 hours per week 3.5%

Yes, 20-49 hours per week 1.7%

Prefer not to say 0%


Marital status

Single 43.1%

Married 44.9%

Separated 1.7%

Divorced or legally dissolved partnership 8.6%

Other 1.7%


Maternity or paternity leave in last 5 years

Yes 13.8%

No 86.2%

Did you return to your current employer after the leave

Yes 42.9%

No 57.1%

Has your employer offered you flexible working arrangements

Yes 26.7%

No 6.7%

Not applicable 66.6%

Has ability to work from home helped you to return to work

Yes 33.3%

No 0%

Not applicable 66.7%