DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Boskalis is proudly Dutch in its origins, and is increasingly becoming an international employer. Its operations are global and this has opened up opportunities to attract talent from the Far East and several European countries. This has both strengthened the company and highlighted ways of thinking that we need to adapt. We have been challenged to think, for example, about some of our operating practices. With an international workforce we prioritize the English language. We have also become more open-minded about the perspectives and expertise that our new colleagues from around the world bring to our company, and we are always searching for ways to encourage and harness them. We actively seek out the best talent to keep us at the cutting edge. We work to ensure that Boskalis is a company that is attractive to the most talented individuals to join, at every stage of their career, from graduates to skilled and experienced specialists. We do not accept discrimination in the workplace, and we have a strong practice throughout the organization of equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, nationality, ethnic background, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
We are a truly international team, with employees from over 79 different nationalities. We are also well balanced in terms of our age profile. 72% of our employees are under 50, with 57% in the 30-50 age range. As a result, we have a good distribution of career opportunities, from junior through to senior positions.
The vast majority of our workforce is male. We have a men to women ratio of 86:14, compared to 88:12 in 2018.
The type of role affects the gender ratio, with women being more likely to be in positions that are fixed, office-based and not based on the kind of shift patterns worked by those on, for example, one of our vessels. In our head office, the men to women ratio remains 74:26. The nature of our work means that a very high proportion of our staff are project-based, or are on vessels. Many of our trained technical, financial and maritime staff work on projects in remote locations for long periods of time. The ratio of operational staff (fleet, yards and projects) to management and office support staff is 66:34. The majority of our managers and support staff are based in head office in the Netherlands.
CARE FOR OUR PEOPLE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 – BOSKALIS