Diversity and inclusion

Being part of a vibrant, globally diverse community, we know that tremendous value is gained from people’s differences. An inviting culture that recognises and celebrates diversity enables people to reach their maximum potential and be their best, which is fundamental to us and critical to our success.

In FY21 we established dedicated group-wide pillars in the following areas, each of which emerged naturally as areas of broad-based employee interest:

  • Culture 
  • Ethnicity
  • LGBT+ 
  • Persons with disabilities 
  • Well-being 
  • Women at RWS 

The purpose of these groups is to identify strategies for meeting the collective interests reported by each group, thereby driving engagement and increasing the representation, voice and contribution/influence of that group over time.

We know there is more to be done to improve the representation of minority groups across all areas, and in FY21 for the first time we sought to establish a demographic baseline across RWS along with a comprehensive Group diversity and inclusion plan.

Gender pay gap

We have started implementing spot checks to examine relative pay in various sample job families, and so far we are comfortable that individuals in the same job families are paid within a reasonable local range in offices around the world, with no particular adverse trend by gender. However, taking all roles into consideration we know that we do have a general pay gap between male and female employees.
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We remain fully committed to addressing this general gap over time, principally through recruitment and training initiatives aimed at bringing more women into technology-oriented roles and developing more women into management and leadership roles. 

In 2021 females accounted for 25% our hires within RWS technology roles. While this is a higher proportion than what the external market typically achieves in this area, given the relatively low number of women in the technology profession globally (19% - source Women in Tech), naturally 50% would be our ideal.