The Department for Transport (DfT) has been announced as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for its work on gender equality.
Run by the charity Business in the Community, The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is theUK’s most high-profile listing of employers striving for gender equality in the workplace.
The recognition was forDfT's work to improve the recruitment of women, secure a more diverse talent pipeline and promote flexible working and an inclusive culture. Examples include:
mandating gender decoders to ensure the language in job adverts does not deter women from applying
working across the transport industry to encourage more women and girls intoSTEMroles
upskilling line managers to support the wellbeing of their staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
"Being recognised for our gender equality work is a fantastic achievement, especially given we work in a historically male-dominated sector," said Bernadette Kelly,DfTPermanent Secretary. "DfTis committed to becoming a more inclusive employer and I hope in the year ahead we can make even more progress on gender equality as we build on the work this accolade recognises."
The award also reflects the extensive efforts ofDfT’s Gender Equality Network – a staff network with nearly 1,000 members dedicating volunteer time to supporting initiatives such as a domestic abuse charter, menopause support group and mental health and resilience support for all staff.
James is the Editor of GovX Digital, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.