Diversity is at the heart of Starling. We believe that regardless of who you are, it is your knowledge, skills and experience that matter.

As a starting point in 2017 we signed the Women in Finance Charter. This is a voluntary commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to make financial services a more gender balanced industry.

When we signed up to the Charter there were 27% of women in senior roles. In 2018 we set a 30% target, which we achieved shortly after. But at Starling we like to push ourselves further, so we increased this goal to 40% by the end of 2021. We have met this target.

Anne Boden said: “We have met our ambitious target of 40% of women in senior roles by 2021. However, more work is needed on all fronts across the financial sector to deliver the commitments in the Women in Finance Charter. This includes tackling the gender pay gap, paying women fairly and supporting women to flourish and thrive so they can access leadership and technical jobs that are valued and highly paid.”

Our 2021 gender equality data (as of end of August 2021)

At Starling women make up:

  • 43% of our total workforce (1601)
  • 39% of our Executive team
  • 39% of our Board
  • 41% of our senior managers*

What does the future look like?

Since our last Charter update we have continued to grow and adapt to the changes brought by the pandemic. We now have more than 2.5 million customer accounts, including over 400,000 business customers, both small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and sole traders. We hold 6% of the SME banking market.

Without our inclusive environment our continued growth wouldn’t be possible. Equality is good for business and positively affects all of society. So, as we enter into a new year we will remain committed to continue to play our part not only through tangible actions but also by leading the sector by example.


Read our 2020 Women in Finance update

*Our internal definition for senior management representation has three components: senior management functions, certified and significant line management responsibility.

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