We recognise that in order for our programmes and services to accurately reflect and appeal to modern society, it’s important that the teams behind the scenes are equally diverse and that we foster a workplace culture that is inclusive and accessible to all.
We know that diversity leads to greater creativity and better decision-making so we’re committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse make-up of modern society. With over 60% of our workforce based in the UK, our priority is to first embed our commitments at the heart of everything we do here, but our longer term plan is to make sure our best practice and policies are applied globally. The latest census in 2011 from the UK’s Office for National Statistics
is the most accurate means for us to benchmark our on-screen diversity, and their national workforce statistics
, updated quarterly, for our workforce diversity.
What we’re doing
We have policies in place and have taken a number of measures to help us both better understand and achieve greater diversity in our workforce. Initiatives to encourage colleagues to update their personal data helps us to understand the make-up and needs of our current workforce and to put in place the tools needed to make sure each and every colleague can be their best. By auditing our recruitment practices and delivering diversity awareness training, we want to make sure that we are an accessible and inclusive employer of choice. Our policies include an Equal Opportunities policy and our Code of Conduct
which outline what we expect of our colleagues and suppliers.
We’re continuing to build on these policies and procedures, raising awareness, rolling out training and in particular we’re looking at measures such as succession planning, mentoring and colleague networks to improve gender balance at more senior levels. In 2017 we launched ITV’s ‘Plus 1’ initiative to challenge everyone to think differently about how they approach recruitment, development and succession planning.
To see our latest data on our UK workforce diversity and global gender split see our ITV Corporate Responsibility Summary Report 2017
As well as supporting our current workforce, we’re committed to making sure that our future workforce represents and reflects our future audiences and that we continue to be an employer of choice for diverse and creative candidates. Using both our own platforms and by partnering with organisations that share our values and commitment to diversity, we want to give maximum exposure to job opportunities and promote ITV as great place to work to as many diverse groups as possible. Our recruitment team are members of Vercida
, formerly Diversity Jobs, which connects people to employers who place high importance on a diverse staff population.
We run a number of entry-level programmes with the aim of supporting diverse and talented candidates who may not otherwise have considered a career within our industry to do so. We recognise how difficult it can be for people starting out without external support so we’re proud of the fact that all of our internships; traineeships and apprenticeships pay at least the minimum wage.
The ITV News Traineeship
is a nine-month programme that offers at least 10 salaried positions working alongside our news teams across the regions. Candidates don’t need professional qualifications or a particular level of education, just a real and demonstrable passion for journalism.
Our award winning ITV Apprenticeship Programme
is an alternative to higher education, offering 12-month salaried positions throughout the business with the opportunity to achieve qualifications whilst gaining valuable workplace experience. On average 75% of our apprentices go on to get a full time position at ITV after their placement, and 85% either go back into full time education, accept a job at ITV, or use their ITV experience to gain a job at another organisation. In 2015, we were proud to announce that in partnership with CILEx Law School
and City Law School
we’re delivering the UK’s first in-house legal apprenticeship under the government’s Trailblazer
scheme. In September 2016, we welcomed our first legal apprentice who has begun a six year placement in our in house legal team.
We’re proud to support and now house Creative Access
, a charity that helps to create opportunities in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented Black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds. ITV Studios welcomed the first Creative Access interns in 2012 and since then have offered almost 70 internships within ITV Studios and other production partners, with more than half of the young people going on to secure permanent roles after their placement.
We also take part, along with the BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5, in the Commissioner Programme; an initiative launched by the Creative Diversity Network to improve the diversity of those who commission Britain’s TV, and by doing so, realise new sources of creativity and build the diversity of output. The 12-month full time programme encourages applications from experienced media professionals from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic or those with a disability).
Read more about how we’re promoting an inclusive workforce in our ITV Corporate Responsibility Summary Report 2017