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Gender pay gap report

The automotive industry is traditionally male dominated and we’re working hard to redress the gender imbalance within our organisation. Arnold Clark is highly supportive of the government’s decision to require big employers to publish their gender pay gap statistics.

Our aims are to:

  • Make sure that all line managers are trained on the subject of diversity.
  • Continue with our collaborative and targeted approach to female recruitment.
  • Encourage women into roles within our workshops and our sales teams by breaking down preconceptions of the industry.
  • Train and coach our current females to encourage confidence and progression within the company.
  • Promote the successes of our female role models internally and externally via social media.
  • Continue to encourage a positive approach to flexible working company wide.
  • Further develop our partnerships with BWS, Working Families and Womanthology.

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Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director

“Throughout 2022, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, particularly when it comes to addressing the issue of gender balance. It’s no secret that the automotive world has been historically dominated by men, however, the industry is moving towards a ‘new normal’ and we want to be at the forefront of that shift.

While we continue to feel the impact of challenging global market conditions and the cost-of-living crisis, we have taken a collaborative approach to promote greater diversity and ensure the future of automotive is progressive and successful. Not only have we joined forces with other organisations such as the Automotive 30 Club, but we have also launched our own initiatives such as Girls with Skills, our internal podcast and our Women in Sales network.

Of course, we know there is still a long way to go to overcome certain challenges in the industry, particularly when it comes to gender balance. However, we will continue to listen to our employees and proactively offer opportunities to under-represented groups with the aim of retaining and nurturing the best talent.

By working together, we can improve diversity across the entire industry and encourage positive change.”

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director
Carol Henry, Human Resources Director

“Arnold Clark has always been a company built on family values; we understand that it is our diversity that makes us strong and allows us to provide the best possible service to our customers. While there have been fantastic strides made to address certain imbalances within our industry, there is still much to be done. That’s why we continue to innovate and provide more resources to support every employee, giving them a platform in our company and allowing their voices to be heard.

As the motor industry is still considered to be male-dominated, we have focused on ensuring that every female employee is fairly recognised for their hard work, helping to shorten the pay gap and nurturing our talent so everyone can reach their full potential.

By joining hands with other major companies, such as through the Automotive 30 Club, and promoting opportunities to the new generation, such as our Girls With Skills initiative, we can help facilitate the change to make the automotive industry a more inclusive place for everyone.”

Carol Henry, Group People Director