Although there have been some positive shifts in our 2019 gender pay gap figures, it is clear there is still much work to be done to increase the number of women working in our industries, and the diversity of roles they carry out.
Facilities management, civil engineering, construction and property development continue to be male-dominated and will remain so if we don’t continue to work hard to educate future generations about what working in these sectors involves and how many different career paths exist. The more diverse our workforce, the better we are able to understand our clients and market sectors, and the greater our performance will be.
Creating an environment where performance and innovation can flourish is not just about gender diversity but diversity in all its forms. We know that companies with a more diverse workforce perform better but only if they foster an inclusive culture for diversity to thrive.
Creating a more diverse and inclusive business is a priority for Bouygues Construction in the United Kingdom, and over the last 12 months, we have implemented a range of training programmes and benefits packages across our UK businesses to improve gender balance, ethnic balance, age profile and disability standards.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion was made very clear in March 2020 with the official launch of our Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Charter, bringing together all our UK businesses to participate in our first Diversity & Inclusion Day. The day marked a significant milestone in engaging our people on the positive impact diversity and inclusion can have in the workplace and the importance of fostering an inclusive culture. You can read more about the outcome and deliverables we have committed to on page 7.
We still have a long way to go to achieve gender parity and create a more balanced workforce in sectors which have traditionally been male-dominated. But I know first-hand how dynamic and rewarding it is to work in these sectors and am committed to supporting the great work of our dedicated networks to ensure that we, and our future employees, will benefit from a working environment where balance, innovation and performance abound.
Chair Bouygues UK
Chair Bouygues Energies & Services UK
UK Country Manager Bouygues Construction