Osborne Diversity Drive Sees Record Number of Female Employees

Osborne Property Services Ltd (OPSL) is a leading employer in the construction sector with a record number of women in senior roles employed across its business.

OPSL employs more than 90 women (24% of its directly employed staff) and 22 apprentices on its major social housing contracts, both in office roles and on its sites.

With one female board director, a further three out of ten of the business’ leadership team are female. This performance compares with just one in every 10 construction employees nationally being female (Chartered Institute of Building, 2010).

Jo Fletcher joined OPSL as its new customer service co-ordinator this month. Jo’s take so far is: “From pharmaceutical to construction, the change in my career path is clearly diverse. Joining Osborne, its clear there is warmth in the culture and values are felt from the outset.  OPSL is a vibrant unit, a hub of activity and an exciting part of the business, in which I can grow.”

Nick Sterling, Managing Director of OPSL, said: “We passionately believe that ensuring women work at all levels in this sector is the right thing to do. At OPSL we walk the walk by welcoming and encouraging women to join us. Whether starting out on a career in housing, or even returning to work after a career break, we offer a variety of opportunities.”

OPSL also embraces a multicultural workforce, with 26% of staff from a minority ethnic background and 12 different languages being spoken across the business.Proving it is young at heart, 30% of OPSL’s employees are under 35 years old.

Nick added: “While we are pleased with the results of our efforts to be a diverse employer, we are not resting on our laurels. We want to see even more women and people from all walks of life working for Osborne. This ensures we will continue to be able to offer our customers the best possible service in their communities.”

As it is growing its turnover, OPSL looks forward to creating even more opportunities in social housing in 2015, as it aims to continue to increase its diverse and representative workforce.