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Gender pay gap report

The automotive industry is traditionally male dominated and we’re working hard to redress the gender imbalance within our organisation. Arnold Clark is highly supportive of the government’s decision to require big employers to publish their gender pay gap statistics.

Our aims are to:

  • Make sure that all line managers are trained on the subject of diversity.
  • Continue with our collaborative and targeted approach to female recruitment.
  • Encourage women into roles within our workshops and our sales teams by breaking down preconceptions of the industry.
  • Train and coach our current females to encourage confidence and progression within the company.
  • Promote the successes of our female role models internally and externally via social media.
  • Continue to encourage a positive approach to flexible working company wide.
  • Further develop our partnerships with BWS, Working Families and Womanthology.

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Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director

"2023 was a hugely challenging year for our business with many obstacles thrown our way, from the cyber attack at the start of the year to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. However, despite these challenges, we have remained committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity at Arnold Clark, particularly when it comes to addressing the issue of gender balance.

Historically, the automotive industry has been a male-dominated environment, but we’ve continued to work together to challenge this stereotype – showing that Arnold Clark is a company welcome to all, with ample opportunities and well-laid career paths for both men and women.

From the expansion of our Women in Sales network to our Girls with Skills initiative. we’ve taken massive strides in promoting diversity and inclusivity across every level of the business. We’ve also joined forces with other organisations – such as the Automotive 30% Club – to encourage positive change, share ideas and raise awareness of the opportunities available within the motor trade. We know that in order to make a real impact, we must take a collaborative approach and work with other organisations so that this has a rippling effect on the wider sector.

The industry is undergoing a massive shift, and while we are proud of our work in this area, we know that there is still a great deal to be done. That’s why we listen to our employees and proactively promote an inclusive culture, with the aim of retaining and nurturing the best talent. As a business, we know that it is our differences that make us stronger and by working together, we can achieve even more"

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director
Carol Henry, Human Resources Director

"Arnold Clark has always been a company built on family values and we strive to create a welcoming, nurturing and supportive work environment for all employees – no matter their gender.

Of course, there’s no denying that 2023 has been a difficult year for the Group, but despite this, we have continued to make great progress in key areas – particularly when it comes to promoting an inclusive work culture and redressing the gender balance.

While we have importantly reduced the pay gap in certain areas of the business, I also take immense pride in the work we have done to support our employees and their families – showing that Arnold Clark is an inclusive place of work that offers equal opportunities to all. From properly recognising our female employees for their hard work to our extensive wellbeing package to giving them a platform so their voices can be heard, we want to make sure that every employee has the tools and resources required to thrive in their role.

It's also important that women know the opportunities that are available to them in the motor industry. By inviting the new generation through our Girls with Skills initiative and by forming important partnerships with the likes of the Automotive 30% Club, we hope to attract more women into these positions and support employees to reach their full potential. There may still be a lot to do in this area, but by attracting and retaining the best talent, we can secure a more progressive and successful future for the automotive industry."

Carol Henry, Group People Director