Global language service provider, thebigword, believes that diversity is in our DNA and is the key to our success as a business.

In this year’s gender pay statement, thebigword has reduced the mean gender pay gap by a third, and the median pay gap shows that women on average are being paid more than men. However, in the top two pay quartiles, women and men are equally represented, which demonstrates that equal opportunities is at the forefront of everything that we do.

To put that into perspective, the median gender pay gap in the UK is 17.9%. Therefore our gender pay gap is significantly lower than the UK average.

Over the past 12 months, we have targeted the recruitment of female experts to join our technology division, Gould Tech Solutions, and sponsored various national and global events to inspire and encourage higher levels of diversity within the group.

Our positive actions have included a global salary audit which has enabled the business to implement a fair structure.

Moving forward, we will be providing regular training for all managers and other staff members who are involved in pay reviews and recruitment decisions. We will work with educational establishments to prepare students for their working lives, mentoring and further developing existing schemes.

Senior HR Business Partner, Sarah Paveley, said: “I am delighted to see the gender pay gap has reduced in the past year. We’ve put into place a number of measures to reduce the gap and I am delighted to see these come to fruition.

This is not a subject where we are complacent. We are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that we are fair to all our employees regardless of gender.”