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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

While our work to challenge automotive industry stereotypes has not stopped, our figures in this year’s report have been unfortunately impacted by the pandemic and are not quite reflective of the continued commitment to diversity within Arnold Clark. 2020 showed how crucial communication is for not only our business, but for companies globally, while we all adjusted to the challenges of COVID-19. Communication played a key role in allowing us to continue to learn from employees and make changes to improve our workplace culture based on their feedback. Last year may have kept us ‘socially distanced’, but it didn’t stop us sharing our views, collectively working to break barriers, and ensuring that we continue to bring more female talent into Arnold Clark.’

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

Our employees are at the heart of everything we do – that’s why our main focus throughout 2020 was to ensure employees remained supported, and continued to feel valued, no matter the challenges that we faced. Our report this year is no doubt different from what we thought we’d be producing, and this is sadly, a direct result of the pandemic. However, our business remains committed to diversity, more specifically, committed to creating a culture in which females in business can thrive. Although we faced challenges in 2020, our aim of creating an inclusive culture, in which careers can not only be built, but can flourish, remains resolute. I look forward to a number of diversity initiatives already in the calendar for 2021 and have a great deal of optimism about what can be achieved this year.'

Carol Henry, Group People Director