WE'RE NOT ALL THE SAME
AND THAT'S OUR GREATEST STRENGTH.
Like our geographical footprint here in the UK & Europe, our work is all about diversity.
From major rail projects such as HS2, Crossrail and DART network’s Kildare line; to delivering offshore wind and nuclear; our UK&E projects are all about balancing a mix of challenges, geographies, cultures, and languages. Bringing together teams with a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds and knowledge helps us to deliver the best solutions, engineering a better future for our planet and its people.
That’s one reason why diversity is so important to us – it enhances our ability to understand our clients and the communities that we work in – so that we can create and deliver more innovative, sustainable and inclusive solutions.
Yet Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is about much more than business performance. It's about creating a more welcoming place to work, where everyone feels valued and free to share ideas. It’s about working collaboratively with our industry and our clients to do the same. And it’s simply the right thing to do.
PUTTING ED&I AT THE
HEART OF UK & EUROPE
So we’re on a journey to put these principles at the heart of our culture and day-to-day work. It’s a journey led by all of us – supporting each other to create a more equal, diverse and inclusive place to thrive.
To help us get there faster, we’re aligned to the organization’s global ED&I program – Different makes a difference. What’s more, the UK & Europe region also has its own tailored action plans to deliver on the issues that matter most to our people here.
When we combine our differences, we truly make a difference. So our commitment is to create and maintain an inclusive culture where everyone belongs, can be their true self and can reach their full potential.
WEAVING ED&I INTO
EVERYTHING WE DO
Join us in UK & Europe and you join over 9,000 people from a multitude of different cultures and backgrounds. Our goal is to make sure that every single person feels included, valued and has an equal voice. We aim to provide a supportive environment and be sensitive to individual needs and ambitions. We weave ED&I into all of our working practices and projects and its central to our culture.
You won’t just experience these values inside the business. You’ll also inspire the world around you – through more inclusive, accessible and sustainable design.
Whether it’s our Getting Home Safely initiative, improving safety for women in public spaces, or prioritizing accessibility in infrastructure development. We’re designing places that are more sensitive to human differences – in ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of diversity. We’re creating a better future, and you can help make it happen.
REMOVING BARRIERS SO
WE CAN ALL THRIVE
Change can only be driven by the right leaders – trusted, inclusive people who make us feel safe and valued.
This means removing barriers to progression and opportunity wherever we find them. It means further diversifying our hiring to include all under-represented groups and increasing representation of these groups at all levels throughout the UK&E, especially in leadership. We set targets for female and ethnic minority representation to keep us on track.
Of course, it doesn’t stop with hiring. No matter who you are, you’ll also be supported with ground-breaking learning opportunities, including signature programmes targeted at under-represented groups. To unleash your full potential, give you an equal chance of success, and enhance your career through more opportunities.
BECOMING A VOICE FOR
Doing what’s right is what people know us for – and it's what you’ll be known for too. At all levels, our diverse teams are making a difference, and we’re proud to share our stories about how design can improve lives, for example mentoring with Women in Rail, working closely with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and promoting the huge impact of improved water and sanitation on women and girls in low-income countries.
Image Caption: When we unite, we all feel included, and by combining our differences, we truly make a difference. Different makes a difference
- Recruit from the most diverse talent pool and increase the proportion of female and ethnic minorities within our Early Careers intake
THOROUGHLY AND CLEARLY
We know that our progress needs to be both meaningful and measurable, so our work is accredited by renowned ED&I partners. We're very proud to be a disability confident leader. And we’re proud to have been awarded the Clear Assured Gold standard for integrating ED&I into everything that we do. We’re the only company in the engineering sector to hold this standard.
Our ED&I progress is also informed by employee experiences and properly evaluated by our people. We do this every year – combining deep data with far-reaching surveys across the region. This information is freely and clearly available to all our people.
An overview of female representation across our organization in the UK & Europe in 2021 and 2022:
IT'S YOUR BUSINESS TO HELP
MAKE US BETTER
Our journey is ongoing, and progress doesn’t just come from a program or a leader – we all need to be part of the difference. So we encourage everyone to get involved and make their voices heard. This is most evident in our self-generated Staff Networks – representing groups from women to LGBTQ+, military to faith. Every voice matters. And only by hearing them all will we create a culture that fosters true inclusivity and equality.
Employee Resource Groups
We're proud to offer a number of Signature Development Programmes, which enable our employees to develop relevant confidence and skills to aid their development both personally and professionally. Below are just some of the programmes we offer.