01933 279597 sales@rmuk.co.uk

RML Celebrates International Women’s Day

RML’s  work to improve the gender balance over the last five years has resulted in impressive shifts to place the business ahead of industry averages at all levels. And it’s not just lip service – just read what women from across the business in all locations and at all levels have to say below.

CEO Simon Kidney is particularly proud of the achievement:

“When I became involved in the business five years ago, RML was – as is typical for the industry – led by an exclusively male management team. Coming from financial sector, I knew the value that a more diverse leadership team could add to the business, so I have made it my mission to drive a more equal gender balance at all levels.”

He continued: “We continue to work hard to ensure our working environment is an attractive and welcoming place to work regardless of gender. This is reflected in teams across the business, which is all the stronger for it. We value the diversity of our staff and are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive environment for all our employees.”

For more information, call us on 01933 279597 or click below to request a quote any timber engineered products today.

Having achieved an industry-leading transformation in gender diversity as well as in the gender pay gap, the business is deeply disappointed that on the 24th March 2020, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) responded to the strain Covid-19 was putting on businesses by suspending the legal requirement for organisations to publish Gender Pay Gap reports for the April 2019 snapshot date.

Simon explained his disgust at this move: “Without evidence that there is a problem with gender diversity in the workplace, there is no pressure for other businesses to take the issue on board and move towards a more balanced workforce. Robinson Manufacturing has made this move of its own volition – and is stronger for it – but the government needs to act to ensure this is taken seriously by all sectors of UK PLC, not swept under the carpet and buried in the avalanche of bad news.”

Sam Gartside

Sam Gartside

Finance

I’ve been with the business for a year now, and it is very clear that the diversity apparent is a real strength that adds value right across the business.

Connie Basely

Connie Basely

Production

I love working at RML because people care about me as a person and about my professional growth. There is a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals all revolving around helping our customers.

Alesha Harrison

Alesha Harrison

Joist Call Offs

Working for RML is an absolute pleasure, RML have made me feel like I’m heard, appreciated and valued! I am very lucky to be a part of an incredibly well functioned, organised and family oriented company which is full of very talented people.

Roxanne Newton

Roxanne Newton

Operations

My journey with RML started in 2012 and upon joining the business at the ripe age of 19, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t somewhat intimidated by the male presence around me. I now, 10 years later, do not carry the label of ‘a woman working in construction’.  I simply work in construction. To work for an organisation where gender inequality is non-existent is inspiring and creates a truly positive environment for every staff member.

Sandeep Channa

Sandeep Channa

Timber Frame

My job within RML is very rewarding and challenging. Each day is fast-paced, variable, requires multi-tasking and problem-solving characteristics I thrive at. However, It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man, you have to love what you do in order to deliver the best! I am proud to say that I love my career and job and thank RML for the opportunity to pursue my ambitions further. Like the saying goes, ‘The road to success is always under construction’!

Isabelle Bull

Isabelle Bull

HR

Working for RML I have found it to be an inclusive company, that treats everyone the same and gives them the same opportunities to grow within themselves. I haven’t noticed that most of the employees are mainly men, but the women of the business are an inspiration that you are able to do what you want and you can be a head of (departments) no matter what industry you work in. The Women of RML are the driving force that brings a lot of different ideas and skills to the business which has helped it make it what it is now.

Beth Charmling

Beth Charmling

Customer Experience

I have really enjoyed my short time working at Robinson Manufacturing. The environment I work in provides a great mix of male and female colleagues who are a variety of ages. Despite RML being within a male orientated sector, there are lots of women both in the SLT and other sectors of the business who do a great job at helping the business work as effectively as it does.

Rebecca Straw

Rebecca Straw

Business Development (internal sales support)

Having recently started at RML as a Kickstart I have felt very welcomed by the whole team and have managed to settle in quite quickly. The support I have received from my colleagues has been amazing and already I have learnt so much to help me develop and grow.

Eve Fisher

Eve Fisher

Production

I enjoy working at RML as even though I only joined as a Kickstart in January 2021, I’ve been so welcomed into such a friendly workplace and settled in within the first week. There is a strong sense of community and support between employees that makes work enjoyable everyday.

Carol Webb

Carol Webb

Production

Having worked in this industry for many years, I have to say working with RML and the modern environment they promote, I, as a female member of the business feel I am respected for my knowledge and experience and my opinions are valued on all levels from colleagues in Scotland to colleagues and Senior Management elsewhere In the business”

Jo Parr

Jo Parr

Customer Resolution

When I joined the company nearly 6 years there was only 3 women in the business including myself; now the ratio is significantly higher. It’s refreshing to be part of a business that is normally  known to be a male dominated industry , the opportunities at all levels are encouraged and for me I’ve had constant support and chance to develop new roles and challenges.

Gender Balance in the UK Construction Sector

Professor Noble Francis (Economics Director at the CPA & Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction of Project Management, UCL) points out research demonstrating that female employment accounted for only 12.3% of total construction employment in the UK in 2019 Q4, which is lower than a year ago (12.5%) & even lower than when the series started back in 1997 Q1 (12.8%).

We are aware of many businesses working hard to redress this balance across the housebuilding sector – and Robinson Manufacturing (RML) is proud that its work to improve the gender balance over the last five years has resulted in impressive shifts against industry averages at all levels:

 

RML

Industry Ave.

 

f

m

f

m

Managers and Directors

41%

59%

16%

83%

Sales & Other services

64%

36%

37%

63%

Professional and Technical

26%

74%

20%

80%

Admin and Secretarial

100%

0%

82%

18%

We continue to work to ensure our working environment is an attractive and welcoming place to work regardless of gender, as well as supporting industry wide initiatives such as this year’s Women in Construction summit.