At SSE, our purpose is to responsibly provide the energy and related services needed now and in the future. We aim to be a leading provider of energy and related services in a low-carbon world, ensuring we deliver our goals in a reliable and sustainable way. The energy services we provide are essential to the communities we operate in, however we are mindful that there is an added responsibility for us to conduct ourselves in a way that enhances value to the societies we are part of. As a responsibly-minded company, Sustainability is embedded throughout all of SSE’s different business operations, along with our other core values of Safety, Service, Teamwork, Efficiency and Excellence.
SSE is a FTSE 350 company, employing over 20,000 people across the UK and Ireland.
Why you should join SSE
We all have different skills and talents, and that’s what makes us stand out. At SSE, we take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Passionate about people and proud of our award-winning customer service, we go to great lengths to extend these values to our employees. This enables our diverse workforce the flexibility and opportunity of developing to their full potential. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE. We want all of our people to have a healthy work/life balance and most importantly to get home safely at the end of every day – we live by the mantra ‘if it’s not safe, we don’t do it’. On top of our culture, we can offer you a really exciting career in an industry that is continually seeking to evolve our products, services and ways of working. It’s a really exciting time to join and be part of our journey.
Why inclusion matters for SSE
SSE believes greater difference initiates broader debate, leading to better decisions and ultimately improved business delivery, which is why we are fully committed to improving diversity and inclusion in its widest sense.
For us, the objective of an inclusive organisation and greater diversity of our workforce is a core component of our people strategy. Our long-term success depends upon the people we attract, retain and develop. The most significant challenge SSE faces is a looming skills gaps in the 2020s; something that will affect the whole of the energy sector. Our response to that challenge is to anticipate those gaps by attracting talent onto our entry level “pipeline” trainee programmes, and working to ensure we focus on transferable skills and competence into our industry in a concerted effort to change the composition of the people who are attracted to work for SSE, and widen our talent pool as far as possible. If our approach is successful, we will create a sustainable workforce for the future and provide a significant point of differentiation within our sector.
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Tackling gender diversity first
At the outset, it is important to recognise that real inclusion and true diversity is about valuing difference in every sense. It is about people of different backgrounds, abilities, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and gender. But it is also about different ways of thinking, communicating and working. It is the multiplicity of differences – at all levels – that has been proved to make organisations more successful. SSE fully understands it must nurture all of these differences, but at the start of this strategy it was agreed to tackle the challenge of gender diversity first.
What is the scale of the challenge?
SSE is an energy utility company operating solely in the energy markets in Great Britain and Ireland. Electricity networks and power stations are full of engineers and technicians: vocations that have traditionally been dominated by men. That has made SSE a company with a higher proportion of men compared to women in its workforce. There are functions, of course, where women are in the majority – for example in customer service or in human resources.
SSE Gender Statistics 2016/17
SSE has published the full details of its UK gender pay gap for two years in a row (see SSE’s UK Gender Pay Gap Report 2018) and it is clear that women are under-represented at the more senior levels of the company. This experience chimes with similar companies in the UK economy. SSE is determined to do all it can to close the gap, and become a more successful company in doing so.
How is SSE addressing gender diversity?
In the context of the broad ‘In, On and Up’ gender diversity strategy, there are many initiatives and projects in place at SSE to bring about change. The aim of this report is to demonstrate the impact of those initiatives over the past three years and understand if the approach taken has been creating the maximum value possible.
The following case studies provide some examples of how SSE has been investing in gender diversity initiatives. Further information and reports can be found online at www.sse.com/beingresponsible/reporting-and-policy
Data drives change
SSE has welcomed new UK Government regulations that mean large companies must calculate and publish their gender pay statistics. SSE used the draft regulations in 2015/16 to undertake the exercise early and became the first FTSE100 company to publish the result. It did that because it believes a detailed understanding of the challenge gives enormously important insights into solving it. The results of the data analysis in 2017/18 show that the average gap between women and men’s pay within SSE is 19.6%. This chimes with the national average and represents a slight widening of the gap within SSE each year from 2016. This was not unexpected, as it may be a consequence of the strategy to attract more entry-level women into the organisation.
Why join SSE?
SSE Reward gives SSE customers a range of benefits for The SSE Arena, Belfast, The SSE Arena, Wembley and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, including exclusive ticket presales, the chance to experience our customer lounges, and prizes you won’t find anywhere else. Events include Andy Murray Live, The Who, Cirque de Soleil, Seasick Steve and Kiss Haunted House Party. For much more information please visit: SSE Reward
Since the launch of SSE’s volunteering programme, we’ve helped over 2,500 projects, with big-hearted SSE employees dedicating their time to projects that matter in the communities where we live and work. All colleagues are encouraged to Be the difference by volunteering whether in the form of skills-based assistance and fundraising or DIY and gardening, and even school visits.
To read our employees experiences please visit our Be the difference page.
In a partnership with SportsAid, SSE supports 100 aspiring athletes who currently represent their country at nationally and internationally at age group level. These athletes have been selected by their governing bodies as the ‘ones to watch’ for the future.
The Next Gen programme began in 2013 with the view of providing a tangible legacy from Glasgow 2014. Starting with 9 athletes, it is now in its fourth year supporting 100 athletes, demonstrating the true meaning of legacy.
SSE supports the athletes not only with funding, but also through media and social media support to help share their journeys with their local community; opportunities to attend and participate in workshops and other World Class events such as the World Gymnastics Championships, SPOTY and The SSE Women’s FA Cup final; and also mentoring from former and current Olympians and Paralympians.
The programme supports the business’ agenda for diversity and inclusion and this year boasts a 60:40 F:M split, 15% disability athletes, and involves athletes from varying social backgrounds across the home nations aged from 13- 24.
Across the 4 years we have supported 259 athletes across 40 different sports.
This year is particularly exciting as Next Gen alumni Katie Archibald won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics, and we have 7 more athletes participating in the upcoming Paralympics. Our programme ambassadors are also in on the action too as Leon Taylor kept us updated on the colour of the diving pool as a lead commentator on the diving at Rio and Libby Clegg will compete in the Paralympics in a couple of weeks.
The SSE Women’s FA Cup sponsorship, now in its second year, is the flag piece in our women’s sport strategy. Our women’s sport strategy aims to demonstrate our commitment to increased and improved opportunities for women in our business by increasing opportunities for girls to play football and helping to develop the Women’s Game in England in partnership with the FA.
In addition to our sponsorship of the tournament, we have also created a girls only participation programme within England which allows clubs to apply for funding to create new girls only sessions for children between the ages of 5- 14. We are in our pilot year with 62 clubs on the programme. Results of the programme will be announced later this year.
Through our sponsorship of the tournament we have managed to break attendance records at cup final on cup final as well as offer customers numerous money-can’t-buy opportunities such as hospitality in our lounge, player escort positions, and the chance to present the player of the match trophy to the winner.