Diversity in the built environment sector is a challenge across the country. We aspire to have an inclusive workforce that values diversity and brings together the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Hiring and supporting people from different backgrounds means we can incorporate more perspectives, approach problems differently, and develop more creative solutions.
We are committed to reducing the gender pay gap, and our 2019 Gender Pay Gap Report showed that we are making progress – since 2018, our average gender pay gap has narrowed by 6%. Our workforce gender split remains heavily male, 76% male and 24% female, which reflects the national underrepresentation of women in the construction, building services and security sectors.
We are taking concrete steps to improve our gender pay gap and to recruit and retain more women in our organisation. We have established a Women’s Inclusivity Steering Group with the aim of identifying and addressing specific barriers within the organisation. In 2019 we held two women’s leadership seminars, as well as a session for school age daughters of staff, with the aim of inspiring them and encouraging them to start considering their future careers. We also hosted a Women Leading in Construction event for the Worshipful Company of Constructors in September 2019, highlighting the opportunities available and encouraging more women to join the sector.