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Yorkshire Water ranked as one of best employers for women

We have been ranked as one of the top 50 best employers of women in the UK as we aim to break down pre-conceptions that the utilities and engineering sectors are a man’s world.

The accolade has come from The Times, which has recognised Yorkshire Water in its annual Top 50 Employers of Women list. 

Women make up 33 per cent of our total workforce, which is substantial increase over the last three years. 

We are one the region’s biggest employers and have a range of development programmes for women that enhance career progression opportunities across a range of sectors including engineering, science, environment and communications. 

As a result, middle managers are now 33 per cent female and our senior manager gender balance has increased by 10 per cent to 30 per cent female. 

At the highest echelons of the company, at board level, we currently have four women and we aim to further increase female board representation. 

Becky McDonnell, Head of Talent at Yorkshire Water, said: “We are succeeding in breaking down pre-conceptions that the utilities and engineering sectors are a man’s world. This is no longer true, as we have made a concerted effort to attract females to highly skilled front-line engineering roles as well as a diverse range of rewarding office based roles in HR, legal, communications, science and environmental that exist within the company. The range of opportunities we have is enormous and will attract talented females of all ages into the company from a diverse range of disciplines.” 

Our development programmes include a ‘Pearl’s and Gems’ scheme which 79 females have taken part in to-date. Of those surveyed, 54 per cent said the scheme resulted in a role change, either sideways or upwards, or enhanced accountability. 

In partnership with Forward Ladies, we also have a development programme for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics roles. So far, ten colleagues have enrolled on the year-long programme and attend a variety of development sessions, webinars, workshops and networking events. 

The number of young women who are part of the firm’s engineering apprenticeship programme has also increased by 20 per cent from last year. 

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