Diversity and inclusion

At Look Ahead we want to create a genuinely inclusive workplace, with a culture where colleagues and customers feel they belong and are valued and respected.

We are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the diverse customer base which we serve, recognising that this enables us to better understand their unique and varied needs and priorities. For us, inclusion is about engaging the uniqueness, talents, beliefs, backgrounds, abilities and ways of working of all our colleagues and customers so that they fulfil their individual potential. Embracing diversity means that we will ensure our staff and customers are representative of wider society.

Gender pay gap

Look Ahead employs more than 250 people so we are required to publish details of any gender pay gap, specifically the difference in average female earnings compared to average male earnings. We have identified our pay gap as follows:

Difference between men and women

Mean (average)

Difference between men and women

Median

Difference in pay

5.7%

5.4%

Difference in bonus

3.6%

0%

This is the first year we have published this data. For 2018/19 we will be looking at bridging this gap through our wider people strategy work around Diversity and Inclusion, Recruitment, Reward and Talent Management. We will provide further details and workforce analysis next year.

 

Employee networks

We have an active strategy and plan to drive forward our work in this area and we are members of the Inclusive Employers network.

We have a number of online diversity networks which work together to help shape the strategic direction of our inclusion practices. They are:

  • Staff with Lived Experience (of using services) Network
  • Disability Awareness Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network

We know that a good work-life balance and the ability to manage work effectively alongside other commitments, needs and interests allows us to get the best from our staff. We are committed to offering part-time working and more flexible working arrangements wherever possible.