People

Find out how we are working to ensure all people are treated fairly and given the opportunity to thrive at work.

Our journey so far

The 23,000 people we employ in the UK and the US are the lifeblood of our company. Their safety and wellbeing is a top priority for every one of us at National Grid – it underpins everything we do. 

Diversity matters 

Our vision is to build and develop an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities we serve. We treat everyone fairly and equally, without discrimination on the grounds of race, age, role, gender, gender identity, colour, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, marital status, dependents, disability, social class or political views. 

The commitments and ambitions in our Responsible Business Charter reflect our vision: 

Our commitments 

  • Be as transparent as possible internally and externally on gender and ethnicity/ race 

  • Work until pay equity is achieved for our employees 

  • Achieve 50% diversity in our Senior Leadership group by 2025 

  • Achieve 50% diversity in all our new talent programmes by 2025 

  • Provide unconscious bias training to all our people over the next year 

Our ambitions 

  • Eradicate discrimination of any kind 

  • Among our people, reflect the diversity of the communities we serve 

  • Develop the skills needed for the net zero workforce of the future by investing in developing our people 

Making sure our workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve is also important to us. That’s why we report annually on our progress on ethnic minority and female representation on our Board, at manager level, among new joiners, and our workforce as a whole.

Fair pay

Fairness in pay also reflects our approach to responsibility. We’re a living wage employer in the UK and undertake a Living Wage review each year to ensure continued alignment. We also review our Gender Pay reporting annually. We have closed this gap over time and now rank in the top quartile.

Looking after our people in a crisis 

Looking after our people has been our number one priority during the COVID-19 crisis – supporting them as they move to a home-working environment, or making sure critical staff can safely do essential work to keep the lights on and the gas flowing. 

Man working on laptop holding a baby - used for the National Grid story 'Mental health comes first - especially in a crisis'

Mental health comes first – especially in a crisis

Here our CEO John Pettigrew explains why protecting mental wellbeing is always a priority, but never more so than during a pandemic.

Partnering to protect mental health


Our contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals

We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
 

UN goal 3 - health
UN goal 4 - quality education
UN goal 5 - gender equality
UN goal 8 - decent work and economic growth
UN goal 10 -reduced inequalities
UN goal 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions


Learn about what we’re doing to support our people

Read our latest stories below showing some of the work we're doing to support our people. And discover how we're encouraging more women to consider a career in the energy industry by visiting our Women with energy page. 

Women with energy

Get to know some of the women who are working to shape the future of the energy system, from inspiring the next revolution in clean energy to breaking down stereotypes in engineering

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Focus areas where we can make an impact

We have identified the other key areas where we can really make a difference by ensuring responsibility is woven through everything we do.

About us

Find out more about what we do, our businesses and our vision and values.

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Community spirit

Meet our people and the communities we work with.

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