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Diversity at Santander

Achieve your ambitions
in a culture of respect

Achieve your ambitions in a
culture of respect

Achieve your ambitions in a
culture of respect

Achieve your ambitions in a culture of respect

Diversity at Santander


Achieve your ambitions in a culture of respect

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people. We aim to reflect and celebrate diversity in our workplace in order to create an inclusive culture that adds real value to our business.

When we talk about diversity, we don’t want to just pay lip service. It's too important. Our journey over the next 5 years is to ensure that everyone here is selected, promoted and considered by their skills to do the job, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion & belief. We want to build a culture where everyone counts. We believe that having a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and helps us attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.

What does this mean for you? It means nothing should hold you back.

Partnerships and recognition

We're proud to promote equality & inclusion through our partnerships including Business in The Community, Stonewall, Business Disability Forum, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and Working Families.

We’ve received external recognition for our approach to supporting diversity, receiving the ‘Positive about Disabled People’ accreditation and ENEI e-quality gold standard.

Santander UK’s Gender Pay report 2017

All businesses with more than 250 employees have been asked by the UK Government to begin reporting annually on gender pay and bonus gaps by the end of March 2018. As part of our commitment to transparency, we are providing detail on the figures and on the ways in which we are addressing positive change. 

Download the report here

Supporting diverse employees

Our employee-led networks champion and support colleagues through mentoring programmes, workshops and speaker events. Watch this highlights video of a workshop event on the topic of personal branding organised by Ethnicity@Work for their members.

Accelerating women's employment

Accelerating You is a highly participative development programme for high potential female leaders at Santander UK. The 9 month programme is aimed to help support career development goals, broaden networks and develop personal brand and profile. The content of the programme underpins one of the core pillars of Leadership at Santander; Lead Yourself. Find out more about the programme by watching this video.

Embrace Network

Embrace is Santander UK’s LGBT+ Network. The network provides leadership, support and insight on LGBT+ related matters and aims to reflect and celebrate diversity in the workplace in order to create a supportive and inclusive culture. Currently in the UK, the network has over 3,000 staff members. Watch this video to find out more about the network.

Find out more here

Top 50 women

Women in Finance

In 2016 we signed the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter to commit to achieving 50% [+/- 10%] women in senior roles by 2021.

In 2018 we were listed as one of the top 50 employers for women in the UK by The Times in recognition of our initiatives to equalize the gender pay gap, such as: our Accelerating You Women’s Leadership Programme; Returnship Programme; Unconscious Bias Training; and Equal Lives Research Project.

Watch this video of Vicky Wallis [HR Director at Santander UK] speaking about our commitment to addressing gender parity across Santander UK.

Find out more here

Mental health

We've signed the Mindful Employers Charter and the Time to Change Pledge. This means that as an employer we want to destigmatise mental health issues in the work place. By signing the charter and pledge we are demonstrating our commitment to positive and enabling attitudes to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

Supporting Former Armed Forces members

We are dedicated to hiring from the Armed Forces and their families and this year we signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. The Covenant is our promise to ensure those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly, which aligns with our Diversity and Inclusion policy. Signing the Covenant is only a small part of how we support the Armed Forces. We also work closely with the Career Transition Partnership. They support us by providing recruitment services to find quality applicants for apprenticeships, full time and vocational work opportunities.

Find out more here

Santander Operations Gender Pay Report

Employee Led Networks

When joining Santander we have a number of employee led networks that you can join and get involved in:

Women in Business

Launched in 2012, our focus is to encourage a more balanced representation of women at Santander and help our female colleagues feel more empowered to fulfil their true potential.

Embrace

Launched in 2014, Embrace provides a community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees to come together to share information, personal experience, hold discussions and support one another. We want our people to feel they've got the support they need and to be part of an inclusive culture where you can be exactly who you are.

Ethnicity@Work

Ethnicity@Work celebrates and embraces cultural differences from race, traditions, heritage and customs – we want our people to feel comfortable about who they are and their cultural background.

Enable

Millions of people in the UK have a disability, and many of our colleagues are either directly or indirectly affected by disability. We continue to build a working environment where our people feel accepted and included. Our Enable! network provides employees with a platform to share, learn, discuss and support.

Parents & Carers

The Parents & Carers Network aims to bring together anyone who feels they want to share or learn from the experiences of others in a similar position. This is for fathers, mothers, step-parents, parents through fostering or adoption, and grandparents as well as those who are caring for someone unable to look after themselves for example through age, illness or disability.

Mental Wellbeing

The Network encourages positive mental wellbeing and supports this by promoting awareness, openness and understanding at all levels of the Bank. The Network believes that employees should benefit from a positive work-life balance and understands the link between physical and mental wellbeing.

Our People Stories

We know it’s our people who make us who we are. We believe that having a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and we aim to reflect and celebrate diversity in our workplace by creating a inclusive culture.
Embrace

Tasmin's Story

“I've been very fortunate to have had fantastic support and understanding from my management team. The transition has been a pleasant experience which I put down to a lot of planning, working with my management team and support from the business.”

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Enable!

Daniel & Isabel’s Story

“Over time many people with Asperger’s learn social skills and develop coping mechanisms to help deal with the challenges of daily life.”

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