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Women in Finance

We wouldn’t have it any other way

From day one, we’ve set out to disrupt the banking sector. Our goal was to shake things up and create something dramatically different from the norm. But it wasn’t just about giving our customers a bank that was truly unique, it was about treating our people differently too.

That’s why we’ve designed our employment policies and roles to appeal to all. Every position in our bank, no matter the department, is open to everyone. Gender doesn’t even come into it when we’re making a recruitment decision; it’s about what you can bring to the table.

So, when the government reviewed the representation of women in senior managerial roles in financial services in 2015, we’re happy to report that we were already streets ahead of the competition.

The review made four recommendations to the industry:

  1. Firms should have one member of the senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender diversity and inclusion
  2. Firms should set internal targets for gender diversity in senior management
  3. Firms should publish progress annually against these targets in reports on their website
  4. Firms should have an intention to ensure pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against these internal targets on gender diversity

The HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter is designed to get firms to commit to implement these recommendations, and we signed up straight away.

Having created a culture of inclusivity at Atom, we’re proud to say that we are targeting all the important conditions of this charter, and will measure our success against it using the following benchmarks:

What we’ve done so far

  • We have brought recruitment in-house to take greater control over hiring campaigns, and increasing our reach into our local communities
  • We’re supporting regional initiatives that drive an increase in gender representation across industries such as engineering, technology and physical sciences
  • By actively promoting flexible working and family-friendly benefits we’ve become known as an attractive family-friendly employer
  • We endeavour to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse workforce beyond gender
  • We encourage and support our people in their careers
  • We’re working on initiatives to help grow and promote women to move up the organisation
  • We’ve nurtured close links with other challenger banks to support each other and attract more women into the world of finance

In 2016, Atom was one of the original signatories of the Women In Finance Charter. At this time the bank had a gender balance of 34% female. This has steadily increased over time and our overall female representation in 2019 has reached 38.5%. The gender balance of our Board is currently 40% female with a female Chairman, Bridget Rosewell.

Whilst we are yet to reach our overall gender target of 45% female across the organisation, we have exceeded our board target of 33% female.

In continuing our work we believe our gender balance will continue to increase over the coming year in which we will make every effort to achieve our target of 45% female by the end of 2020. We do, however, remain realistic about the challenge ahead in both the Finance and Technology sectors. Our work is not only in addressing the gender balance in the workplace but also in encouraging more females to study STEM-related subjects. We know that the output of these activities will take a number of years to materialise, however, they will have a positive impact on our industry as well as Atom individually.

Any questions?

Atom is a big happy family, and we’re determined to keep it that way. So, if you have any questions about the way we’ve implemented the Women in Finance Charter, just get in touch and we’ll chat.

The logo for the Women in Finance Charter
Women in Finance Charter

a pledge for gender balance across financial services

womeninfinance.org.uk