Senior Partnerships Adviser
Greg Barsby, managing director of defence science and engineering firm QinetiQ, says that as a father of two young daughters he’s determined to do his bit to ensure that when they join the workforce they will do so on merit; free from unconscious bias and discrimination.
“At QinetiQ, I actively promote the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance,” he said.
“For me this includes working flexible hours so I can be present for my children and provide my wife with the support she needs to pursue her own career goals.”
To improve gender equality in their workplace QinetiQ has:
- Increased their paid parental leave policy to 16 weeks for primary care givers and up to 3 weeks paid leave for secondary carers.
- Increased the workforce representation of women from 16% to 20% over the past year by changing their resourcing and marketing strategy, and improving flexible working.
- Undertaken a pay equity assessment based on the WGEA Pay Equity Toolkit, benchmarked their data and implemented initiatives to resolve any discrepancies.
- Invested in a diversity and inclusion committee to drive change at all levels and rolled out unconscious bias training for the leadership team.
“I encourage all members of Defence Industry, if they haven’t already, to undertake a pay equity assessment and to call out unconscious bias in the workplace.”