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Willmott Dixon Named as Top Employer for Women

Willmott Dixon Named as Top Employer for Women
29 April 2021

Willmott Dixon has again been listed by The Times as one of the UK’s Top 50 places to work for women.

This is the construction and fit-out company's third consecutive placement in the prestigious list.

It follows its position as the UK’s highest placed contractor in the 2020 FT Diversity Leaders list of the top 850 European companies for inclusion.


“COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown."

–Charlotte Woodworth

Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community


The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women


Companies appear on the list after a thorough process of evaluation that identifies firms which make gender equality a key part of their business strategy, accessing companies in a range of areas, including approach to recruitment, family-friendly policies and championing gender equality in the context of the pandemic.

Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive at Willmott Dixon said; “We are proud to again be recognised for our approach to gender diversity, through retaining our position as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women. This is an important benchmark, not only for us, but the entire construction industry, to promote career opportunities available for people from all parts of our community so that they can enjoy as we say, ‘a career of a lifetime’, while also making a long-term impact on society that increases the life opportunities for many thousands of people.”

“I am a firm believer that an inclusive and balanced business leads to better outcomes for our customers and a great place to work for our people.  We are at the forefront of unlocking the wealth of opportunity the construction industry offers to both men and women, consequently we have an ambitious drive to achieve gender parity in what was widely perceived as a male-dominated industry by 2030.


Women Disproportionately Affected by Lockdown


Charlotte Woodworth, Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “COVID-19 has shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality: by having to pick up things like the bulk of extra caring responsibilities, women have been disproportionately affected by lockdown. 

“We congratulate the many employers who have maintained their efforts towards gender equality at this time, often introducing innovative policies to support their workforce during this period. This year’s application process for The Times Top 50 Employers for Women was the most competitive one we have seen in five years. Employers like Willmott Dixon haven’t forgotten women at work and they are committed to making gender inequality a thing of the past.”

Picture: a photograph India Cormack in the foreground, an apprentice on Willmott Dixon's project to regenerate Gascoigne estate in Barking

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 April 2021


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