BAE Systems

Our ability to take on and solve our customers’ most complex and demanding engineering and technology challenges depends on the commitment, skills and talent of our people. To attract, recruit and retain people with the appropriate skills, we strive to create an inclusive, agile environment in which everyone can do their best work and feels valued for their contribution.

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Recruiting and retaining talent

The skills, capabilities and commitment of our people are critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our business and delivering the innovation needed to solve our customers’ challenges. Therefore, our business is dependent on our ability to recruit and retain a committed workforce with the talent and skills needed to deliver excellence.


To succeed, we are taking a collaborative and future-focused approach to talent management and succession planning. This has facilitated a purposeful balance of internal talent moves and external hires into key strategic leadership roles, to strengthen our leadership teams and further enhance our talent pipeline across our markets and sectors.


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

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Our Stories

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

Some of our Employee Resource Groups

Supporting cultural and ethnic diversity

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Supporting gender and sexual diversity

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Supporting our disabled community

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Supporting mental health and wellbeing

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Read more about our ESG commitments
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As of 2021, BAE Systems received an MSCI ESG Rating of AA. | MSCI Disclaimer