Bureau Veritas Publishes 2017 Gender Pay Gap Report

04/04/18


Bureau Veritas UK has published its 2017 Gender Pay Report as part of UK gender pay gap reporting legislation.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, any organisation with more than 250 employees must publish information relating to the gender pay gap in their organisation, including mean and median pay gaps for both salaries and bonuses.

Bureau Veritas is committed to gender balance and inclusivity across the organisation and whilst we are confident that we have equal pay for work of equal value, the report does highlight a gender pay gap when we compare the overall average pay and bonuses for females and males. This gap is due to the unequal distribution of males and females across the company and not because of our reward policies and practices.

We have recognised that our highly specialist technical and engineering roles are often dominated by males, whilst administration and support roles within Bureau Veritas are dominated by females. Due to scarcity of skills or highly competitive markets these technical positions often attract high levels of remuneration, which explains the pay gap we have reported.

We have worked hard to develop an inclusivity strategy in an industry which has traditionally been dominated by males and recognising this industry imbalance, working proactively to attract more females into the business, specifically for senior and technical roles. This inclusivity strategy has given us a strong foundation on which to build, and females now represent 45% of the UK Leadership Team and 33% of the UK Board.

Whilst targets are important, our focus is on creating a genuinely balanced organisation, with an inclusive culture for all under-represented groups, as well as a working environment where everyone can develop, succeed and be themselves. Our Gender Diversity Plan is helping to drive Bureau Veritas to be a truly inclusive place to work.

As part of this, you can read more about our steps to encourage more women to enter the STEM industries, including a series of pen portraits with female Bureau Veritas employees and how we are marking International Women’s Day, by reading this story.

Promoting an inclusive culture

Writing in the report, Ken Smith, managing director and UK country chief for Bureau Veritas, said: “We believe that achieving a greater gender balance is not only the right thing to do, but it is good for employees and good for business.

“For employees at Bureau Veritas, our aim is that individuals can genuinely be themselves, and build a successful career in an environment which values and promotes a truly diverse and inclusive culture.

“We are already working hard to bring greater gender balance to our workforce as part of inclusivity strategy, and whilst we have made progress, the report highlights that there is still more to do. We are committed to addressing the root causes of gender imbalance such as the underrepresentation of women in specialist technical roles, and by working to foster a culture of inclusion at every level.”

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