Making progress towards parity

Barclays remains focussed on improving gender diversity through a workplace environment and culture that supports and empowers women and men across the organisation to attract and retain women at all levels.

From hiring the UK’s first ever female bank manager in the 1950s to being the first financial services company to sign up to the UN’s HeForShe campaign in 2015, Barclays has often been at the forefront in championing women’s careers and engaging men in the conversation.  

We want to achieve gender equality at every level of Barclays so that our female colleagues can fulfil their career aspirations. We know that we have more to do to continue accelerating the progression of women into more senior roles and we will continue to push our ambitions much further on gender diversity and gender parity.

Read more in the Barclays Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report. 

We remain focussed on creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. Through our colleague development, promotion and hiring practices, we are working to improve the diversity of our workforce across the firm.

Stephen Dainton

President of Barclays Bank PLC, Head of Investment Bank Management and Executive Sponsor of the Gender Agenda

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Women in Finance Charter

As a founding signatory of the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and a signatory of the Hampton Alexander Review, we proactively set gender targets. Our ambition is to achieve 33% female Managing Directors and Directors globally by the end of 2025.

More information about HMT and our progress in becoming a more inclusive organisation is set out in our 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report. (PDF 1.5MB)

Pay Gaps Disclosures 

2023 marked the seventh year for which we have reported our gender pay gaps, and the sixth year we have reported our ethnicity pay gaps, in the UK. Details can be found in the UK Pay Gaps 2023 (PDF 2MB) disclosure.

In December 2023, we published gender pay gaps for Barclays Ireland for the second time. Details can be found in the Ireland Pay Gaps 2023 (PDF 1.8MB) and Ireland Pay Gaps 2022 (PDF 3.7MB) disclosures. 

Since 2018, we have also been publishing the French Gender Equality Index (GEI). Details can be found in the France GEI 2023 (PDF 150KB) disclosure.

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Win, the gender resource group

Win, the gender resource group, exists to encourage, inspire and support women in achieving their career goals and potential at Barclays. Dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing female talent to increase the representation and decrease the turnover of women at every level of our business. Both men and women are able to join Win.

Win anchors its programmes to key dates such as International Women's Day, to continue to drive the conversation on gender equality. The employee resource group offers targeted career and personal development opportunities to women through initiatives like Win Careers Week. 

Empowering Male Allies to champion gender equality

Barclays has a long history of progress towards gender equality, and men have always been part of that journey. As a founding member and corporate Impact Champion within the UN HeForShe movement, Barclays committed to engaging men in the drive to increase the number of women in senior leadership.

By empowering Male Allies, it has created a powerful network of global advocates, pledging to take action to be effective allies for women at work, accelerate gender parity and achieve a more equitable workplace.

We have documented some of the practical steps that we have taken to empower male allies to champion gender equality in this guide HeForShe Proven Solution

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women while advocating and pushing for gender parity.

Barclays has been a long-time supporter of IWD and continues to raise awareness of gender issues, not only within the organisation but across the industry, as well as implementing steps across its business to address challenges and support its female population.

Read our story with seven women from across the bank, who tell us about the incredible work they are doing to inspire inclusion at Barclays and beyond. 

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