The Group recognises that it is essential to build and develop the core competencies and skills of its employees, and to recruit and retain the best and brightest talent in the regions in which it operates, in order to maintain its current growth and expertise.

Maintaining employee motivation and teamwork is recognised by the Board as being essential to achieving the Group’s business objectives and delivering its performance goals. The loss of key personnel is also identified by the Board as a risk within its ongoing Business Risk Assessment process.  

The Group values the commitment of its employees and recognises the importance of communication to maintain trust and confidence between management and personnel. Keeping employees informed on matters relating to their employment, on business developments and on the financial and economic factors affecting the Group is essential in maintaining good working relationships.

This is achieved through:

  • Executive Management Group (“EMG”)
  • Management briefings
  • Internal announcements
  • The Group’s website
  • The distribution of Preliminary and Interim Announcements and press releases

As part of this initiative, employees have attended the Effective Communications Programme to further improve the flow of information amongst personnel.

The Group's employment policies and practice are based on non-discrimination and equal opportunities. Ability and aptitude are the determining factors in the selection, training, career development and promotion of all employees

Key employee statistics

The Board recognises the importance of gender diversity in the Group but the percentage of female employees reduced during 2018 as the female proportion was not maintained with the increase in headcount; however, this has now improved during 2019. According to Engineering UK only 12.4% of all engineers are female; therefore the Group remains above the market average for our industry with women representing 16.9% of our workforce.

Set out below is an analysis of the Group’s employees by gender in October each year:

Board

2019

2018

2017

Female

1

0

0

Male

6

7

7

 

 

 

 

Senior Management team

 

   

Female

15%

n/a

n/a

Male

85%

n/a

n/a

 

 

 

 

All staff

 

 

 

Female

17%

15%

18%

Male

83%

85%

82%


Employment policies throughout the Group have been established to comply with relevant local legislation and codes of practice relating to employment, Health & Safety and equal opportunities.

The Group has provided Supervisory Management and Team Leadership training to 10 members of staff. Employees are encouraged to undertake Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) to maintain any relevant professional accreditations.

The Group's subsidiaries are based within the major advanced economies of UK, USA, Germany and Japan, which have strong legislation governing human rights. The Group complies fully with applicable legislation in these areas, and the other countries in which it operates, to ensure the rights of every person (whether employees, suppliers, clients or stakeholders) are respected. We uphold employment policies and practices which support and promote diversity and equal opportunities to make sure all employees are treated with dignity and respect, and all staff are provided with a safe, secure and healthy environment in which to work, regardless of where in the world they are located.

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