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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

During another year impacted by the global pandemic, we have continued our work in creating an inclusive and diverse workspace – we understand that it is our differences that make us stronger as a company, and our aim is to encourage the best talent the industry has to offer to join our ranks. And while the pandemic still affects our business, we are now moving towards a‘new normal’ within the industry, both in regard to COVID safety and by incorporating the lessons we have learned over 2021 into our everyday practice. However, we know that there is still a long way to go to overcome certain challenges in the industry including the gender balance and diversity overall. That’s why we will continue to listen to our employees, introduce new policies that benefit everyone, and strive to create an Arnold Clark that offers equal opportunities for all.’

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

Arnold Clark is more than the sum of its parts. We are a company built on family values, which means we are ‘diverse in our make-up, united in our goals’. For that reason, we strive to create a supportive and inclusive work environment that recognises and rewards every employee for their hard work. We continue to promote policies that help everyone reach their maximum potential and enjoy thriving careers within the automotive industry – more specifically, we are committed to creating a culture in which females in business can prosper. Although it has been another challenging year, our work to challenge industry stereotypes has continued, and we’ve introduced a number of diversity initiatives throughout 2021 that showcase our commitment to this cause. On top of that, we’ve led by example by offering our employees new flexible ways of working. Our differing approaches have allowed employees across the business to enjoy a better work-life balance and make time for the commitments they care about – this in turn encourages higher productivity, stronger working relationships, and improved wellbeing. There is a paradigm shift happening within our industry with regards to the way we attract and retain employees and Arnold Clark is at the forefront of this change.’

Carol Henry, Group People Director