Our people are critical to building a sustainable business for the future, including ensuring we have the right skills to meet our customers’ challenges and deliver on our company purpose. Recognising the world around us has changed at pace over the past two years, it is important we evolve our employee experience to attract, retain and develop the very best talent. This reflects a culture that is inclusive, supportive and allows everyone to be their best at work and feel valued for their contribution.


Movement to Work

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Talent and critical skills

Maintaining a diverse pipeline of talent and critical skills is key to fulfilling our future customer requirements. In 2021, we sustained our focus on delivering the skills for tomorrow, harnessing them across the business to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge.


We developed a stronger talent management framework that governs the Group's high-potential talent programme, succession planning and career management process. This year we expanded this, ensuring a pipeline of talent is created across all levels of the organisation and provides the skills for the future. New Talent Dashboards are providing insights on succession plan risks, pipeline diversity and our high potential talent, enabling decisions on priority actions required.


Sustainability in action

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Saudi National Advanced Apprenticeship Programme (SNAAP)

The Saudi National Advanced Apprenticeship Programme (SNAAP) has been launched to support the Kingdom's Vision 2030 goals.
Early career programmes
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Maritime Australia apprentices and graduates

We plan to provide 1,000 early careers opportunities including apprentices, graduates and trainees for the multi-decade Hunter Class Frigate programme.
Hunter Class Program

Diversity and inclusion

Our ambition is to be recognised as the leading employer in the defence and security sectors for valuing diversity and inclusion. 


We are also ambitious to:

  • Ensure that women make up at least 50% of our Executive Committee by 2030.

  • Increase representation of race, ethnicity, and gender in our workforce and across all our localities.



  • In the UK and by 2030 at the latest, our ambition is that more than 30% of our workforce will be women. This includes more women in senior grades and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths roles.

  • We will continue to define our other ambitions with regards to diversity and inclusion.


Gender balance

Our ambition is to be recognised as the leading employer in the defence and security sectors for valuing diversity and inclusion.
Our approach to gender balance

2020 Gender Pay Gap report

We have published our fourth annual gender pay gap report, in line with UK regulations.
Download the latest report (Adobe PDF)

Investing in our people

Our People strategy sets out how we inspire and develop high-performing teams and individuals, able to fulfil their potential in inclusive and supportive working environments.
Investing in our people

Listening to feedback

Effective engagement enables our employees to contribute to improving business performance and helps us to create an environment in which everyone can fulfil their potential.
Listening to feedback

Our Employee Resource Groups

Ethnicity and cultural diversity

Supporting Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
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As an employee led initiative, Embrace seeks to create an inclusive working environment that is welcoming to everyone regardless of their ethnicity or cultural background. We work to support the business, employees, customers and contractors to understand the importance of having a diverse workforce from all back grounds and cultures.
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ENabled UK
Supporting our Disabled Community

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Enabled UK is an ERG offering support to employees with both visible and non-visible disabilities, those who care for someone with a disability and non-disabled allies. The group also work closely with Senior Leadership to ensure all businesses across the UK promote equality and inclusion, and are actively listening to all ideas to help improve and consistently maintain a working environment that is supportive, accessible and inclusive to all employees.
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Supporting Gender Equality

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The Gender Equality Network (GEN) is for all BAE Systems employees in the UK who believe everyone should be given the opportunity and support to succeed in their career, regardless of gender. It’s an employee-run group and GEN’s ultimate goal is to no longer be needed, because gender barriers and biases will have been broken down in the workplace.
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Supporting Gender & Sexual diversity
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OutLinkUK is the employee-driven UK Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Other (LGBTQ+ - formally LGBT) group at BAE Systems in the UK. The nationwide OutlinkUK group has been active for over 5 years now and is a very valuable part of this effort in our UK business.
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Mental health

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing
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MindSet, our Employee Resource Group for mental health and wellbeing, brings together colleagues and sponsors from across the business with the aim of raising awareness of mental health, creating a culture of openness and conversation and working with the organisation to develop a supportive culture with a focus mental wellbeing for all colleagues.
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Supporting our Military Community

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VetNet provides an effective network which mentors, supports and connects our veteran and reservist employees and helps us become the employer of choice for ex/military candidates.
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Read more about our ESG commitments
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