Crossrail and its contractors are committed to promoting diversity, valuing talent and respecting each other and the communities they impact.
The chart below shows the diversity of Crossrail’s Integrated Team and its contractors’ workforces, measured against the UK Contractors’ Group (UKCG) industry data.
An encouraging picture of diversity is seen in specific work-related programmes, such as, higher levels of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and female representation in work experience, work placements and apprenticeships.
The percentage of women in Crossrail’s Integrated Team (30%) represents a small (1%) increase from last year, whilst the percentage of people from BAME groups (24%) remains the same. The proportion of people who identify as having a disability has remained broadly the same at around one per cent.
To address workforce gender diversity, Crossrail is supporting the Women into Construction initiative and has made changes to its Contractor Performance Assurance Framework to encourage improvements to contractors’ performance in this area.
Women make up just 11 per cent of the construction workforce in the UK. Most of these jobs are office based, with only two per cent working in manual jobs. The Women in Construction project aims to place women in all areas of construction from manual trades to graduate construction professions.
The project also offers women various short construction courses, Construction Skills Certification Scheme training/testing and apprenticeship opportunities on sites across London.
Crossrail’s first Women into Construction event took place in January 2015 at the Pudding Mill Lane site and was hosted by contractor Morgan Sindall. It resulted in work placement offers in Morgan Sindall’s engineering, health and safety and commercial teams. Further work placements have since been secured with other Crossrail contractors, Dragados-Sisk and Alstom-TSO-Costain.
Women into Construction is a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) funded initiative, originally created in 2008 for the Olympic Park project. Now an independent community interest company, Women into Construction is working closely with Crossrail and its contractors to maximise opportunities for women on the project.
Equality and talent strategy
Crossrail has made progress in achieving the actions set out in its Equality and Talent Strategy, published last year. This progress includes:
- Head-office staff and 20 sites taking part in 274 activities during Crossrail’s first Respect Week
- Confirming gender parity in pay through a programme of equal pay audits
- Over 1,000 employees attending diversity and inclusion training over the past year
- Promoting disability awareness, particularly with regard to mental health
- Establishing a targeted skills and employment initiative in partnership with Women into Construction