The company aims to be a highly regarded employer, through its investment in training, policies on equality, a competitive remuneration package and the encouragement of employees to participate actively in business strategy.
The company created over 3,300 new jobs in 2013/14 and continues to work with a number l organisations to offer jobs to the long-term unemployed, ex-military personnel and those with disabilities.
In relation to training, the company held over 2040 training days in 2013/14, attended by over 4,500 employees, and promoted over 800 staff to management positions. In addition, the company carried out approximately 14 days’ preopening training for each new pub, has initiated a formal one-day induction programme for all new bar and kitchen staff.
In addition, the professional diploma in leisure retail management, run in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University, is offered to all pub managers and area managers. We believe this diploma to have been the first in-house programme in the licensed trade which allows employees to gain a professional qualification while working. During 2014, 19 employees attended the course and are expected to graduate this year.
The quality and volume of the company’s training courses help to create motivation and to provide employees with the necessary skills to carry out their jobs to a consistently high standard. All employees are now able to participate in e-learning, through a dedicated employee website.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
The company is committed to equality of opportunity and to the elimination of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation of employees, job applicants, customers and contractors.
The breakdown in our workforce by gender is as follows:
Across the company, 52% is female and 48% is male.
At a senior manager level, 41% is female and 59% is male.
At Board level, 37.5% is female and 52.5% is male.
The company has been recognised as an ‘Age Positive’ employer, by the Department for Work and Pensions. It has also been recognised by the Corporate Research Foundation, in association with The Guardian newspaper, as a ‘Top Employer United Kingdom’, for 11 consecutive years, including 2014 and achieved fourth place in the ‘Large Employers’ category for the second year.
The company aims to offer competitive pay rates and has created bonus scheme for all employees. In this connection, the company awarded bonuses and shares (SIPs) for employees of £29.2 million in the year, an increase of 2.5% (2013: £28.6 million). Of the payments, 96% were made to employees below board level, with approximately 82% of payments made to employees working in our pubs. In addition to this, employees are able to join the company health plan and pension plan, as well as obtain tax-efficient childcare vouchers.