Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) remains focused on narrowing the gender pay gap and has set an industry-leading target to improve gender balance; 21 per cent of our workforce will be female in 2021.
This is an important commitment to the industry. As the largest rail operator in the UK we have recently launched a campaign to support increased diversity across all areas of the business to support this.
GTR is encouraging more women to apply to become train drivers - working towards a target of 40 per cent female applications for driver roles by 2021 - as well as offering and creating new apprenticeships to attract more women and young people to the industry. We are already seeing the impact of this focus, with 17.5 per cent more female trainee drivers in the business since last year’s report and train driver applications from women at an all-time high.
The 2018 figures have been impacted by the salaries and gender split of our train drivers - during the reporting period a driver pay deal was agreed - which is a role that has traditionally been held by male employees.
As part of Go-Ahead Group, our figures are represented in this report: https://www.go-ahead.com/en/working-for-goahead/gender-pay-gap-report-.html