People & Culture


'We treat each other like family'. It's the ethos that we live by and that underpins our culture.

We value and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and the strength this diversity brings.

We believe that being inclusive and nurturing a multitude of talents and skills will help us to continue our legacy.

It seems clear that a lack of diversity is holding our industry back. We are committed to reversing this trend and undertaking the ambitious journey to significantly improve inclusion and diversity across our company and inspire industry-wide changes. As part of our People Strategy we’ve put a number of initiatives in place that are already delivering results.

We stand by the fact that there are no gender specific roles in construction. To help reflect this we’ve increased the visibility of our female leaders and showcase the successful women already working on our sites. We’ve developed a programme to attract Black and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ talent, and run workshops for existing employees to overcome unconscious bias and foster inclusivity.

The balance between personal and professional lives is important too. We take it very seriously and offer family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements, and opportunities for both men and women to take career breaks. We are also taking positive action to target bullying and mental health. We have trained Mental Health First Aiders across the company and encourage our people to contact our Employee Assistance Programme to seek support when facing challenging issues at home or in work.


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  • Read our Inclusion Report

    We are committed to leading by example on inclusion, and inspiring industry wide change. We are proud to say that, at Sir Robert McAlpine, everyone is welcome.

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We aim to build better buildings.

We must attract more females to the construction industry but also represent the communities in which we have projects. This includes the ethnic minorities as well as LGBTQ+ communities within those locations. It is important to making sure we are truly reflecting the society we operate in. When all parties are represented in all the input that goes into planning and delivering a project, you can aim to build better buildings.

Karen Brookes, Chief People Officer
  • Beyond 1% Podcast

    The Beyond 1% Podcast series is about empowering women in construction, both on and off site.

    Each episode is addressing stereotypes and confronting the realities of building a career in construction.

    You will hear from women who have carved very successful careers in the industry and share their experience and advice on a wide range of topics.

    Listen now

Inclusion at Sir Robert McAlpine

Read our Gender Pay Gap Report

The company is committed to inclusion within its workforce and our report confirms that men and women are paid fairly for similar work.

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Our people and culture

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    'We treat each other like family'. It's the ethos that we live by and that underpins our culture.

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