Diversity and inclusion

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Innovation comes from diversity, both of which underpin all that we do at Kier. We want to be a workplace where everyone is encouraged to bring their wholeselves to work and can use their experiences to create positive change within the construction industry.

As part of our commitment to building a more diverse workplace, we developed a six year roadmap to show how we will deliver to create real change. Here are some of the actions we’ve taken so far:

Our D&I journey

Feb 21 - carried out D&I audit and produced roadmap

Partnering with D&I specialists, INvolve, we carried out our first D&I audit to create a focussed roadmap which sets out what we are going to do to make Kier a more inclusive workplace.

Mar 21 - carried out D&I audit and produced roadmap

Partnering with D&I specialists, INvolve, we carried out our first D&I audit to create a focussed roadmap which sets out what we are going to do to make Kier a more inclusive workplace.

Jul 21 - carried out D&I audit and produced roadmap

Partnering with D&I specialists, INvolve, we carried out our first D&I audit to create a focussed roadmap which sets out what we are going to do to make Kier a more inclusive workplace.

Nov 21 - real living wage

Kier was accredited as a Real Living Wage employer. This recognises that we pay our people a wage based on what they need to live on, helping reduce in-work poverty.

Dec 21 - family friendly policies

We introduced new and enhanced family friendly policies including 8 weeks paternity leave, enhanced maternity leave, 2 weeks pregnancy loss leave, surrogacy leave, a carers’ policy and menopause guidance.

Apr 22 - Empower programme

We launched the Empower talent development programme designed to address specific challenges and barriers that individuals can face in the workplace.

Jul 22 - launch of peppy wellbeing app

We launched the Peppy app, giving free, professional support to all colleagues for life events including menopause, new baby, fertility, pregnancy, mental health and men and women’s health.

Sept 22 - inclusive recruitment training

We relaunched our inclusive recruitment training to upskill our hiring managers on identifying unconscious bias, best practice and support in all areas of the recruitment process.

Feb 23 - fertility, fostering and domestic abuse guidance added to family friendly policies

We added new fertility, fostering and domestic abuse guidance to our existing family friendly policies to further support our people in life’s big events.

Mar 23 - Expect respect board game

We launched a new board-game based training session to help educate employees about the importance of respect in the workplace.

Prison employment programme

Making Ground is our prison engagement and employment programme, designed to support serving prisoners and prison leavers into sustainable employment in the construction industry.

Learn more about Making Ground
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Supporting our Armed Forces

Working alongside our clients and supply chain partners, we have a long-standing history of providing job and training opportunities to people from the Armed Forces community.

Our commitment as one of the first construction companies to sign the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013 (which we re-signed in 2021), we have a long-standing history of providing job and training opportunities for the Armed Forces community. We remain committed to offering meaningful and sustainable employment, working with providers including the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and Buildforce.

Learn more about our Armed Forces commitments

Refugees

We're proud to announce that we're the first construction company to join a business consortium made up of UK-based employers to support people displaced by conflict, including Ukraine.

The consortium has been brought together by Emma Sinclair MBE and is in partnership with RefuAid, a charity that aims to provide innovative, practical, scalable and sustainable solutions to employment for refugees in the UK.

RefuAid is working with language school partners across the country to help refugees reach the required level of English language to work. As part of our commitment, we are going to be sponsoring refugees in learning English language and getting resettlement support.

Learn more about our refugee programme

Employee inclusion networks

Our employee networks provide Kier employees a safe space to share their experiences and learn from each other, supporting in making Kier a more inclusive place to be.

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Kier Inclusion Network

Our primary network driving our inclusive culture

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Pride Network

Providing a safe space for our LGBT+ community and allies

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Gender Inclusion Network

Supporting all genders and cultivating greater gender inclusivity

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Racial Inclusion Network

Promoting racial inclusion and the importance of active anti-racisim. All employees are welcome

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Ability Network

Providing support and a collective voice for neurodiverse employees and those with disabilities

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Armed Forces Inclusion Network

Providing support to colleagues who are affiliated to the Armed Forces in any way

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