Celebrating our Plymouth Citybus Female Employees on International Women's Day 2020

It may be International Women’s Day (Sunday 8 March), but here at Plymouth Citybus, we like to celebrate our amazing female employees throughout the whole year.

From Drivers to members of our Senior Leadership Team, and many roles in between, our female employees cover many roles at Plymouth Citybus.  We’ve made a lot of changes over the last few years to create a better working environment for women and to help improve their career prospects across the company.

One of the major achievements that we have worked extremely hard on is successfully closing the gender pay gap. There is now no average difference in pay between women and men at the Plymouth Citybus. The latest statistics show that the company’s mean pay gap is actually in favour of women – which means that on average women are paid slightly more than men at Plymouth Citybus. The national average is 17.9% in favour of men.

We are also actively working towards increasing the number of women in leadership positions and currently have three females as part of the eight strong Senior Leadership Team. We also have a target to employ a 20% female driving team by 2024. We want to change what has traditionally been a male dominated industry, to be a much more female friendly place to work.

For the last few years, we have been actively looking at ways in which we can increase the percentage of female drivers, as well as women in the bus industry as a whole. Only recently, we sent two representatives from our Women on the Move Forum to the Women in Bus networking event in Newcastle. This event was run by the Go-Ahead Group, the parent company of Plymouth Citybus. The event was a chance for female employees across the various bus companies in the UK to come together and discuss what can be done to increase the number of female bus drivers. It was also a chance for attendees to voice any concerns and to offer support to one another. It was a really successful event with lots of great ideas formulated.

We are continually looking at ways to improve the company so it’s benefits can be seen by women looking for work or looking to change careers in the local area. Recently, Plymouth Citybus has introduced a ‘Paired Working Arrangement’ for bus drivers currently within the organisation. The arrangement, believed to be the first in the industry, allows people to reduce their working hours by means of a ‘paired working’ arrangement. This is a valuable asset for those drivers who need time off to undertake caring responsibilities for loved ones or to take early retirement, something that the sign up demographic profile is showing appeals to our women drivers. This initiative is another step in the drive towards gender equality targets here at Plymouth Citybus.