The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022

Taking action on gender equality


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The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 – taking action on gender equality is the UK’s most high profile and well-established listing of employers taking action to create gender equal workplaces.   

Entering the awards gives your organisation the opportunity to review your organisation’s approach to driving gender equality and how this compares with other employers. Successful organisations will boost their reputation as a sought-after place to work for women and increase their profile as a leader on the gender equality agenda. Enter The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 and celebrate your work in creating gender-equal working cultures.  

Business in the Community takes an inclusive approach to championing gender equality. We use the term woman to include all people who self-identify as women and engage with their current or prospective employers as such. When we use the term gender equality, we take this to mean equality for all genders and those who do not identify as a gender, for example gender non-conforming, gender fluid or non-binary individuals.

The application process is open until 17 December 2021.

Free to enter and open to all employers with a UK presence

Free to enter and open to all employers with a UK presence, the awards ask employers to share their approach to the four key areas below. It is important to state clearly that Business in the Community (BITC) takes a fundamentally inclusive approach to championing gender equality. We use the term woman to include all people who self-identify as women and engage with their current or prospective employers as such. When we use the term gender equality we take this to mean equality for all genders and those who do not identify as a gender, i.e. non-gender conforming, gender fluid or non-binary individuals. 

Entry information

The assessment process

The assessment process focuses on transparency, the causes behind gender gaps, what companies are doing to address these structural issues and the impact of their actions. The evaluation includes, but is not limited to, roles of senior leaders, actions to increase the representation of women in senior positions, intersectionality, supporting parents and carers, stopping bullying and harassment and what they are doing to promote gender equality outside their organisation.

Strategy and objectives

Applicants must share details of their overall strategy when it comes to gender equality, including how this was developed, is resourced, monitored and who is held accountable for ensuring progress.  

Data monitoring and measurement

Applicants share with us their approach to tracking gender inequality at work, revealing what data sources they use, how this information is acted upon e.g., who are findings shared with and the way in which data informs their wider approach.

Policies and processes

Applicants share details of their specific policies in key areas known to impact gender equality at work including their approach to pay and reward, recruitment, progression and promotion. This year we have also included a specific question in this area interrogating how applicants support women at the lower end of the pay scale.

Applicants share details of their specific policies in key areas known to impact gender equality at work including their approach to pay and reward, recruitment, progression and promotion. This year includes a specific question in this area to examine how applicants support women at the lower end of the pay scale.

Inclusive cultures

Applicants must explain how they are driving an inclusive working culture, that supports all women to progress and flourish, preventing and addressing sexual harassment and wider poor behaviour.
Finally, we ask that applicants enable us to understand clearly the ‘lived experience’ of women working for them; including details of the feedback they have from women in their employ via, for example, staff surveys. We also request contact details for a number of women working at any applicant’s organisation and reserve the right to contact them to support our assessment process.

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About Business in the Community’s work on gender equality 

Business in the Community (BITC) is working to ensure all employees feel they belong, have a voice, are valued, and are able to be their true selves. We have three diversity and inclusion strands; age, gender equality and race equality.

We support organisations to achieve a gender-balanced workforce where employers recruit and progress the best talent, irrespective of gender.

Learn more about how Business in the Community (BITC) can help you create a more gender-equal workplace.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021

Learn more about how organisations on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021 list responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic in BITC’s report Leading The Way: The Times Top 50 Employers For Women 2021. The report shares the lessons learned from those actions taken in a time of crisis and outlines how to apply them to building a more gender-equal future.