Arup is committed to making diversity integral to everything they do, from Board level right through the business. The UKMEA Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is built into their operating budget and discussed at every Board meeting. Its principles extend to clients, suppliers and all those with whom they choose to work.
Arup has secured a position in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women from 2011 to 2016. Alan Belfield, UKMEA Region Chair, says: “Being shortlisted for a sixth time inspires us to keep the momentum going and do better for our colleagues at present and in the future”.
In early 2016, as well as Arup’s listing in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, Arup won third place in the Top 100 UK Civil Engineering Firms, ahead of other large multidisciplinary engineering design firm, and was named Collaborative Firm of the Year at the New Civil Engineer 100 Awards. It was also shortlisted in the Diversity Champion and Best Place to Work categories. Arup was also honoured with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award recognising the Best Places to Work in 2016 in the UK category.
Arup supports women in the workplace
Programmes designed to support women at Arup on their career paths include mentoring, a well-established and active networking group, leadership training, flexible working policies and a working culture that empowers women to excel.
98% of women return to work at Arup after maternity leave
Having so many successful women means Arup more accurately reflects the communities in which they work, adding an unquantifiable value to projects and profits.
Arup promotes women to leadership roles
Arup are seeing more female leaders than ever before - in the UK, this has grown to 19.4% in 2016, against a significantly lower industry average.
Arup is proud to have many senior women in leadership positions across all disciplines.
As part of the UKMEA Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the company has provided training on unconscious bias to leaders and managers. The aim of this is to help promote an ever more inclusive culture where people are able to reach their full potential to benefit Arup and Arup’s clients.
Arup visibly develops female talent
Women working at Arup feature regularly in industry award nominations and winners’ lists. Arup supports colleagues with opportunities to develop their careers through mentoring, research opportunities, and further study whilst working. Arup employees are able to work on a wide range of different projects, and to learn from others through many internal resources including the Arup University.
Hear from Arup's Vicky Evans about the company's strong commitment to supporting women's careers.
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