We believe that diverse, complementary teams deliver the best results for everyone...
"To enable our company to be a place where employees feel challenged, content and included, we have placed equality and diversity at the heart of everything we do. We have long held the belief that diverse, complementary teams are the most effective and this belief is embedded in our values."
Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon
The ability of people from all backgrounds to thrive and enjoy rewarding careers with us is very important for our success. We want the construction industry to attract equal numbers of men and women in what we believe is the best sector to work in!
To ensure we benefit from the skills and talent available in all sections of society, our aim is to have gender parity in our workforce by 2030. It's one reason why we helped devise with Construction News its Inspire Me campaign aimed at promoting greater diversity and an increase in women with senior-level leadership roles in construction.
Reaching out to all parts of society
We believe a diverse workforce that contributes across all levels of our company is essential to our future. As you can see from the film below, it's a strategic priority championed by group chief executive Rick Willmott.
Gender parity in our workforce is a key part of this and it's why we have set the 2030 target. Achieving this aim includes how we reach out to the next generation, such as our management trainee intake - the future leaders. In 2017, 40 per cent of trainees were women and we aim to see this at 50 per cent by 2020.
Rick Willmott, Jonathon Porritt and Julia Barrett talk about how we are addressing diversity:
Retaining the best
There is still more to do to attract further women and people from ethnic minorities to the industry, to benefit from a rewarding career and be involved in amazing projects.
As part of this, we recently launched a gender diversity steering group and local action groups, in order to address the gender balance within our company and industry. This involves a cross section of the business working with senior management on ideas and initiatives that make our company a destination for people keen to make their mark and live and enjoy a work/life balance.