Utmost Group aims to make a positive difference to our employees, our customers and our communities.
Our employees are core to the success of the Group, both individually and collectively. It is an important priority of the Group that our employees enjoy a diverse and vibrant work environment which ensures they are fulfilled and committed.
An important focus is embedding our culture and values across our business. We want each employee to embrace our value of collaboration to make a positive difference, approaching their work with a motivated attitude. We want to create an environment where our people can achieve their aspirations and reach their full potential.
It is important we are viewed as an attractive place to work and sustain an environment where we can continue to attract and retain the best talent. Our HR teams actively encourage internal mobility of our existing employees to offer career opportunities which enhance their skills and experience, as well as external hiring to enrich our skillset and provide fresh perspectives.
The Utmost Group is an accredited Living Wage Employer in the UK, ensuring a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. Our commitment not only applies to our directly employed staff in the UK but also our third party contracted staff, which ensures that they will be paid a real living wage as a minimum. The real living wage is significantly higher than the UK minimum wage for over 23s and takes into account everyday living needs. More information can be found about our commitment and the Living Wage Foundation here.
Our Group values are set out here: http://utmostgroup.co.uk/about-us/our-values/
Diversity and Inclusion
Utmost Group is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Our culture values difference and looks to our employees to embody our ethos of making a positive impact. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for our employees and continue to select, recruit, train and promote the best candidates based on suitability for the role.
We look to develop diversity throughout our organization. One metric for measuring this is our gender split, which is monitored by the Board. Currently 55% of our employees are female and 45% are male. The Group has a 5 year strategy to:
- Increase diverse representation
- Strengthen our leadership focus on diversity and inclusion
- Ensure equal opportunities for progression and development for all
We treat all employees and applicants equally and recognise people from every background and experience bring valuable insights to the workplace and enhance our organisation. Discrimination has no place at Utmost Group and we engage with our employees, our partners and our local communities to promote equality and inclusivity.
Utmost Group is passionate about having a positive impact not only on the lives of our employees, but also on the communities in which we operate. Local initiatives include fundraising events for local charities selected by local staff, donation matching schemes and the availability of community support leave to help local organisations.
Our businesses support local sporting events and clubs. Utmost Limited sponsors the Isle of Man Swimming Association and has provided funding for the Isle of Man junior cycling team. Utmost Worldwide sponsors the Guernsey Team for the biennial International Island Games, and Utmost PanEurope sponsors Navan Rugby Football Club, a local Irish rugby union club offering opportunities to both junior and adult players. We believe it is important to support our local sports teams and are proud to be able to contribute to their success.
The Utmost Challenge is an exciting part of our community engagement programme. The Group has set up the Utmost Challenge to support our employees’ charitable giving, help us engage with the communities we work in and contribute towards them. Employees can apply for a donation to their chosen charity. To be selected for a donation, the employee must complete an outstanding challenge. The challenges which are selected are highly notable and have a significant “wow” factor i.e. the “utmost” achievement in their field.