James Kenealey diversity in tech
Morson is delighted to take home the award for Large Employer of the Year at the inaugural Engineering Talent Awards by EqualEngineers.
The Engineering Talent Awards is a new set of awards to celebrate the diversity of the engineering and technology profession through showcasing role models and inspiring people to consider a career in the field.
EqualEngineers was founded by Dr Mark McBride-Wright, a chemical engineer specialising in health and safety with experience in oil & gas, government services and defence. EqualEngineers sets out increase the diversity of workforces and improve stakeholder health and wellbeing by connecting inclusive employers with diverse candidates in engineering and technology.
Morson beat Rolls-Royce and UK Power Networks to the Large Employer of the Year award. Our submission highlighted how as a business, guided by our 2020 pledge to double the number of female contractors registered with us, we have continued to showcase women in engineering with impactful case studies and key sponsorships. Morson has three times been sponsors of the Big Rail Diversity Games by Women in Rail and sponsored their mentoring programme – a nine-month programme accurately matching aspiring female mentees with successful mentors from across the rail industry based on location, personal interest, technical skills and experience. This is in order to champion diverse thinking, cross-fertilisation of ideas and boost networks within the UK rail sector.
As members of LGBT charity Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, Morson has committed to ensuring all its candidates are encouraged to be themselves at work, driving performance, engagement and innovation. Hundreds of Morson Track Operatives working on the London Underground were given rainbow-striped laces for their safety boots in celebration and support of the LGBT community.
Adding Recite Me’s suite of web accessibility tools to our website has revolutionised the way we engage with candidates online with solutions for visitors with dyslexia, visual impairment and learning difficulties, enabling 27% more of the UK population to access our online content than could previously. The technology ensures every part of our recruitment process is accessible to everyone, from browsing to making an application. In 2019, there were 6,803 uses of the ReciteMe toolbar on morson.com.
Ever keen to be change-makers within the industry, we’re committed to ensuring that our work surrounding diversity is reflected within the clients as well as internally.
At Morson, we are committed to improving the diversity of our company and building inclusive cultures every day. We delivered 900 ED&I courses across the Group in 2019, including a series of reverse mentoring sessions for directors from our population of future female leaders.
As part of this, we committed to the Inclusive Culture Pledge, a special initiative by diversity consultancy EW Group. By signing up to EW Group’s Pledge, we benefitted from a year of dedicated support on five key aspects of diversity development: Leadership, People, Brand, Data and Future. Together this provided a focus for building our skills, awareness, confidence and maturity around workplace diversity. In doing so, we committed, internally and outwardly, to the lasting importance of diversity and inclusion to our company culture.
After 12 months of the 2020 initiative, the number of female engineers went from 7.5% of our contractor base to 13.8%, with a further increase to 15.3% in 2018. Our employees split has also been changing, with 62% of the business being female. Our future leader's programme has identified over 30 future leaders within the business. The average age of this cohort is 34, with 70% of them being female. This created a stronger and more balanced pipeline of future leaders and works towards our goal of having better gender representation at senior levels.
Morson is committed to changing perceptions within the business, championing women and other underrepresented groups in engineering and empowering young talent through mentorship. Diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success.
Due to the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, the inaugural awards were presented online, with an online drinks reception organised in place of networking.