Progress during 2019
NPL is committed to creating a fair and inclusive environment where every individual can feel valued. We believe that we all profit from the different perspectives that the wide range of people in our organisation brings. We encourage a culture where everyone can enjoy working and perform at their best, for the advancement of science and the benefit of all.
NPL’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force brings together people from across the organisation to promote employee diversity and inclusivity. There are several interest groups including: LGBT+; Mental Health; Faith & Religion; Dyslexia & Neurodiversity; Gender Equality; Ethnicity; and Disability.
As part of NPL's commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL was proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018.
NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL, and has made considerable progress since taking part.
In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as a Level 1 committed employer.
Closing the gender pay gap
For the second year, NPL has published a gender pay gap report. As a proud employer of a diverse and inclusive workforce, offering support to all through an increasing range of diversity and inclusion activities, creating a dialogue around gender equality is essential. We know that we must do more to recruit women, particularly into our senior science and engineering roles, and we acknowledge that it will take time to achieve our aim of closing the gender pay gap by increasing the proportion of women employed at all levels.
We continue to prioritise initiatives such as the Springboard Women’s Development Programme and the Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships. NPL is an active member of the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno and our apprenticeship programme has a gender split of 44% females and 56% males. On International Women's Day 2019, NPL launched a brand-new Gender Equality group to help attract, enable and develop women and to create a working culture and environment that supports gender balance. Find out more