At the FT, we aim for employees across all regions to have a voice so that diverse perspectives are heard and valued. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. We'll continue to remove barriers for all, and in particular barriers facing employees from underrepresented groups.
We offer confidential career coaching, mentoring and a range of training courses, including a development programme designed for women.
We offer flexible working arrangements, including flexi leave, parenting leave and paid volunteer leave. We also offer 20 weeks maternity leave and six weeks paternity leave paid in full to all eligible global employees.
We provide structured coaching support before, during and after family leave so our people can return to work with confidence.
We support employee-led networks to connect and empower individuals across the organisation.
We require 50/50 male/female shortlists for all roles to ensure inclusive recruitment practices.
We provide training for our leaders and senior managers to help embed good practices around equality, diversity and inclusion.
We aim to provide an accessible website for all our employees and customers. Our website is accredited by the Digital Accessibility Centre.
We offer a range of volunteering opportunities for employees, including a Volunteering Matters reading programme for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our work to support the progression of women into senior roles is making a difference and our gender pay gap is decreasing. There are more women in senior roles across the newsroom and business than ever before, and women make up 45 percent of our global senior management group, up 11 percent since 2016.
We have set a goal of gender parity across FT leadership groups by 2022, and will be working to achieve this sooner if possible. Each member of the FT management board also has an objective and departmental plan relating to diversity and inclusion.
Gender is just one important focus of our overall strategy to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are working with our vibrant employee networks to drive a range of diversity initiatives across the FT.
We have an even gender split among our global workforce.
Our representation of women at board level is higher than the UK government voluntary target of 33% by 2020.
Our leadership must be representative of the business environment in which we work. We are committed to reaching gender parity in the FT senior leadership team by 2022.
We have a strong pipeline of female talent in place, including people managers.