SNC-Lavalin, and its Atkins and Faithful+Gould businesses, are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone can realise their full potential as valued members of our team. It's the right thing to do - for our people, our clients and our shareholders.
The UK Government's requirement for large organisations to be more transparent on the topic of gender pay is welcome, and we continue to work hard to address the gender imbalance in our business.
While our overall gender pay gap has remained relatively static and in line with the industry average, we're starting to see some positive trends which suggest that the actions we're taking to address the balance of women in our mid-to-senior paid roles - such as unconscious bias training and our award-winning Women's Development Programme - are having an impact. We're particularly pleased to report an increase in the proportion of women in the Upper Middle Pay Quartile in all three of our UK entities (Atkins Ltd: +3%, Faithful+Gould Ltd: +6% and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Ltd: +6%).
In 2018, we maintained our intake of 31% female graduates and grew our intake of female apprentices from 21% to 26%. It's an achievement that we're proud of considering that on average, only 15% of undergraduate engineering students in the UK are female.
We want all our staff to feel valued within a diverse and inclusive workforce and continuing to address our gender imbalance is a key part of this goal.
We confirm that the gender pay gap information and data contained in this report is accurate as of the snapshot date of 5 April 2018.
The full reporting data for the three main employment entities in the UK: Atkins Ltd, Faithful+Gould Ltd and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Ltd can be downloaded here.