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MITIE Group PLC has been named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women

MITIE Group PLC is delighted to announce it has today been named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

The FTSE250 strategic outsourcer places huge importance on delivering a supportive and inclusive environment for its staff and has worked hard to attract more female employees.

Led by Ruby McGregor-Smith, the first Asian woman to head a FTSE250 company, MITIE has introduced a series of initiatives to improve its culture for women in recent years, including:

Flexible working hours and a flexi-leave system
Home working and a compressed working fortnight option
Childcare vouchers
Additional annual leave purchase schemes

It is also running programmes to encourage women to return to work after taking maternity leave and to support flexible working to help women maintain a career. It has also established a graduate scheme to attract the best talent available.

Mrs McGregor-Smith, who has set up and remains involved in a mentoring circle for black, Asian and minority ethnic female staff, said: We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times for our commitment to making MITIE the very best it can be for our female staff.

MITIE is a fast-growing and ambitious company and will only reach its potential if it makes the most of all the talent within the company, including women. By making sure that we have the right environment and support for our female staff we will succeed together as a company.

Other recent initiatives MITIE has introduced include: a Diversity Week a mentoring programme for female rising stars and a twice-yearly Employee Forum which discusses gender achievements, progress and initiatives.
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list has been developed by Opportunity Now, a workplace gender equality campaign and part of Business in the Community.

Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, said: The business imperative of equality and diversity has never been stronger nor the need greater. MITIE should be congratulated for its commitment, dedication and tenacity to creating a work culture which is inclusive and diverse.

Being one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is testament to how seriously the company has looked to address the recruitment, retention and progression of women through its organisation.

I firmly believe that creating workplaces which tap into the talents of both men and women is vital for competitive advantage. At MITIE it is clearly seen as a commercial priority not a womens issue.

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