Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To strengthen our diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that enables our colleagues, customers, clients and communities to grow.

At Barclays we are committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture to provide equality of opportunity for diverse talent at all levels to grow. We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and achieve their personal and professional goals. Valuing the perspectives of colleagues from diverse backgrounds enables us to better understand our customers, clients and the communities we serve and also strengthens our culture, encourages innovation and enables us to make better decisions.

All colleagues in Barclays have an Inclusion objective emphasising the role we all have to play in building a culture of belonging that recognises and values difference as a key driver of our purpose and our successful business performance.

Succeeding globally

To achieve our goals, alignment to our regions and their priorities is at the heart of our strategic approach. We must ensure that we provide meaningful support to regional priorities, metrics and talent pools.

Regional DEI leads own local application of our global framework and support our businesses on DEI planning and priorities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Barclays

We focus on six areas: disability, gender, LGBT+, multicultural, multigenerational and socio-economic inclusion. Senior leaders champion these and they are embedded into the organisation through employee resource groups, organised by our people and funded by Barclays.  

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Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive business where people of all abilities will want to bank or work.

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We are focused on engaging women and men across the organisation to attract, develop and retain women at all levels.

LGBT+ at Barclays


We support customers, clients and colleagues across the broad spectrum of diversity of sexuality and gender identity.


Inclusive of race, ethnicity, nationality and faith, Barclays is cultivating a supportive environment where colleagues feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

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We recognise that diverse groups have diverse needs, values, priorities and perspectives.

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Socio-economic inclusion

We recognise that we must look at the disadvantage faced by individuals from a lower socio-economic backgrounds and play a positive role in increasing social mobility through our recruitment, development and progression activities.

Work life

We create an inclusive, future-focused learning culture that celebrates diversity, recognizes unique, individual contributions and supports the development and progression of all colleagues.

We provide tools, programmes and support that enable colleagues to balance their work‑life with their personal commitments and we continue to sponsor and participate in community programmes and partnerships aimed at promoting the development of hiring pools from under-represented communities including women, ethnically diverse talent, people with disabilities, military service personnel and those identifying as LGBT+ as well as supporting the retention and development as part of a long-term career with Barclays.

Activities and initiatives

We build a strong intersectional community through various activities and initiatives. For example we have been a sponsor of Pride celebrations in cities across the world, we have empowered men on the topic of gender equality through our role as a UN 10x10x10 HeForShe Impact champion (read more on this topic in the Proven Solution on Male allies). Our campaign on mental health and disability – This is Me - encourages colleagues to share stories that improve understanding on this topic and has been scaled with external organisations nationally with over 300 companies taking part.

We also celebrate the richness and achievements of different cultural identities via cultural days and months, for example Black History Month, Juneteenth, Diwali, Hispanic Heritage and Asian Pacific Islander Month. Some of the key calendar dates we focus on are International Women’s Day, World Cultural Day, International Day with People with Disability, World Mental Health Day and IDAHOBIT.

Employee Resource Groups

Our global employee resource groups (ERG) play a critical role in achieving Barclay’s ambitions for diversity and inclusion. They provide valuable support and advice, create development opportunities, and raise awareness of issues, challenges and initiatives. 

UK Pay Gaps 2021

As part of Barclays commitment to becoming a more inclusive organisation, we know we must address pay gaps where they exist. We have published our UK-wide gender and ethnicity pay gaps for 2021, along with some context to help understand the data.

Download Pay Gaps 2021 (PDF 2MB)

More information about our progress in becoming a more inclusive organisation is set out in our first ever Diversity and Inclusion Report. (PDF 1.5MB) This report sets out our strategy to build and maintain a culture that makes everyone feel included and supported, providing equality of opportunity for talent at all levels and from all backgrounds to grow.


We are pleased to have been recognised for some of our efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive culture at Barclays.

  • The Times Top 50 Employers for Women
  • We are the City Rising Star Awards – 6 Barclays colleagues recognised - UK
  • Disability IN – Disability quality Index – 100%- US
  • Business Disability Forum – Gold standard – 98%
  • Disability Confident Leader - UK
  • Stonewall UK Top 30 employer
  • Corporate Equality Index: achieving a score of 100 and earning the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality
  • Barclays colleagues recognised in the most recent British LGBT+ Awards and the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders Role Model List 2020
  • 2020 BITC Race at Work Employer
  • Working Mother Media and AVTAR Group 100 Best Companies for Women in India (Top 10)
  • 100 Best Companies in US - Seramount
  • Best Companies for Dads - US - Seramount