An empowering and equal working environment
At Simply Business gender equality lies at the heart of our culture and our business strategy. We know that having a diverse workforce creates a more fulfilling place to work.
We're better at relating to our customers when we reflect different perspectives, thinking and values in everything we do. And this leads to us being more successful as a business.
Committed to helping create a more balanced and fair financial services industry, we’ve signed up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter. We've also introduced the #IamRemarkable programme at Simply Business to encourage people to talk about and celebrate their achievements.
The financial services industry, and particularly the insurance sector, has a poor track record of ensuring gender diversity. We’ve decided that’s got to change.
To show our commitment to the Women in Finance Charter we’ll publish our key measures of success every year, explaining how we’re driving this positive change.
When we signed up to the Charter in 2017, we had 36% female representation on our UK Leadership team. As of August 2020 we have 54% female representation. We accompany this with successfully recognising female talent in the form of internal leadership moves too. We've sustained our target for over two years and we're fully committed to maintaining our target of 30%+ in female leadership.
We’re helping increase the representation of women in traditionally underrepresented areas like technology and product, too. Recently we hired two more women into the UK Leadership Team – MB Christie, Chief Product Officer and Julie Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer.
Hosting a range of events specifically for women and making flexible working even more accessible, we’ve made a meaningful difference to the gender split in our UK technology team.
With an increase in applications from women, more than 50 per cent of our new joiners in product during 2019 were women, and our overall female representation in technology hit a high of 28 per cent in August 2019. This means we’re on target to reach at least 30 per cent by the end of 2020.
38 per cent of employed women have dependent children, so ensuring working life won’t clash with childcare needs is important to us. Here’s what one woman who works at Simply Business had to say:
“Having the flexibility to work from home is fantastic, especially because you’re given all the tools to take with you, so you can do your work in exactly the same way you would in the office.
"The option to choose childcare vouchers as a benefit is really helpful, and such a money-saver as they come out before tax. I think the company culture is what really makes it, though. Everyone is very accommodating and understanding. There’s no sense of guilt or shame if you have childcare-related issues – I never feel like I have to choose between my son and my job.”
We're aiming for 50/50 representation of men and women at interview for all leadership positions, with a plan to filter this recruitment target down through all levels.
We'll also have fair representation of women on our interview panels for all posts, to make sure women are fairly represented when interviewing and we're hiring diverse teams throughout Simply Business.
We're focused on creating a supportive environment for career development that rewards merit regardless of who you are. Our aim is to make sure all opportunities are transparent to our people and empower everyone to learn and progress.
We recently published our gender pay gap report for 2021.
At 13.2 per cent our mean salary gap is better than the average for the insurance industry – but we won’t get complacent. We’re committed to creating a more inclusive place to work, where everyone can thrive.
Workplace sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality for many women – one in 10 women in the UK have reported being sexually harassed at work.
We actively foster a working environment where sexual harassment isn't tolerated, but if the worst happens, our female employees know they’ll be supported.
Our employees can easily access our comprehensive sexual harassment policy on our company intranet.
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