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

We help tackle the issue of youth unemployment, offering quality work experience placements to young people Read more

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

Supporting Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

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An employee-led initiative that supports cultural and ethnic diversity. Acts as a forum for discussion and change where the benefits of cultural diversity are promoted, embraced, and realised.  
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Supporting our Disabled Community

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Support for employees with visible and non-visible disabilities, those who care for someone with a disability, and non-disabled allies. Promotes disability equality and works closely with senior leadership to make sure our working environment is accessible for all. 
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Supporting Gender Equality

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The Gender Equity Network (GEN) is for all employees who believe everyone should be given the opportunity and support to succeed in their career, regardless of gender. The 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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Employee-led Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Other (LGBTQ+) group. Works to create an environment that is open and inclusive and provides support to people who may be experiencing issues with sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as their allies. 
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Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Brings together colleagues and sponsors to raise awareness of mental health and create a culture of openness and conversation. It also provides a community of support and resources for all colleagues to focus on their mental wellbeing. 
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Supporting our Military Community

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A network for veterans, reservists, and their supporters. It's a community to share and learn from each other and access support and mentoring. Focused on making BAE Systems a natural next step and home for veterans, while supporting their transition to civilian life.
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Read more about our ESG commitments
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