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Morson shortlisted for FIRM Awards 2020 for diversity and inclusion strategy

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  • Morson shortlisted for Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in FIRM Awards 2020

  • The FIRM Awards celebrate the very best of in-house recruitment excellence


Morson have been shortlisted in the 2020 FIRM Awards for Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

The FIRM Awards celebrate the very best of in-house recruitment excellence.

The inspiration for our diversity and inclusion strategy came from a review of the company's staff and placed contractor population highlighted a lack of gender diversity. This was particularly evident in technical contract roles – 6.5% female from our c.12,000 contractors at the time – and our own future leader pipeline. Within Morson International, women occupied just 14.6% of the highest paid jobs, whilst occupying 38.2% of the lowest. This could be justified by the male-dominated sectors within which we operate, and their subsequent shortage of skills, with stats from EngineeringUK showing clear gender disparity in engineering: while women comprised 47.1% of the overall UK workforce in 2018, only 12% of engineering occupations were filled by women. This insight presented a multi-faceted business case to address the lack of female representation.

Our diversity strategy has sponsorship from executive board level (chief operating officer, Adrian Adair) and volunteer ambassadors from across the business have regular strategy meetings, as well engaging with key stakeholders from our clients’ organisations.

Our strategy focused on two key goals that would deliver an internal cultural change to combat negative, harmful gender stereotypes. Through a shift in our organisational practice, culture and viewpoint, we have been able to make headway in transforming our own talent pipeline and that of our clients. Beyond this culture change, our strategy focused on expanding the talent pool by attracting more females into traditionally male-dominated industries and addressing sector-specific skills gaps. Through diversification we benefit from enhanced creativity of thought, agility and the ability to combat unconscious bias surrounding engineering and its perceived ‘macho’ culture. This demonstrably increases innovation, improves team work and fosters improved employee and candidate relationships.

Sam Price, head of client engagement and Morson’s lead on ED&I strategy, said,

“Being shortlisted for the FIRM Awards is a real reflection of the development of our diversity and inclusion strategy over the last few years, and it’s fantastic that we’re shortlisted alongside a long-time client in the form of Transport for London.”

The award ceremony will take place at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 19th March 2020.


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