Mitie Group recognised for family-friendly policies

Mitie Group has been named one of the The Times Top 50 employers for women.

The strategic outsourcing firm has introduced a series of initiatives to improve its culture for female employees in recent years, including childcare vouchers; flexible working hours and a flexi-leave system; home working and a compressed working fortnight option, and additional annual leave purchase schemes.

Mitie also offers programmes to encourage its female staff to return to work after taking maternity leave and to support flexible working.

Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive officer of Mitie, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times for our commitment to making Mitie the very best it can be for our female staff.

“Mitie is a fast-growing and ambitious organisation and will only reach its potential if it makes the most of all the talent within the organisation, including women. By making sure that we have the right environment and support for our female staff we will succeed together as an organisation.”

Other recent initiatives Mitie has introduced include: a diversity week, a mentoring programme for female rising stars, and a twice-yearly employee forum which discusses gender achievements, progress and initiatives.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list has been developed by Opportunity Now, a workplace gender equality campaign and part of Business in the Community.

Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, said: “The business imperative of equality and diversity has never been stronger nor the need greater.†

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“Mitie should be congratulated for its commitment, dedication and tenacity to creating a work culture which is inclusive and diverse. Being one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is testament to how seriously it has looked to address the recruitment, retention and progression of women through its organisation.”

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