Life at Persimmon

Working together as a team

Full steam ahead at housing development on former Ebbw Vale Comp and college site

We offer our employees exciting, varied careers, where talent is recognised and nurtured.

Our employees are given the training and experience they need to deliver high quality homes and achieve their career aspirations. By working together as a team, we are helping to create sustainable communities and deliver many of the new homes the country needs.

To see our current job vacancies, please visit our careers website.

Careers website

Our Culture

We have a strong team ethos with dedicated and skilled employees. We prioritise working safely and have a culture that values and respects our customers, communities, workforce, suppliers and our environment.

We aim to build right, first time, every time and play a key part in local communities by meeting local housing needs, with a strong customer and quality focus and attention to detail at all times.

To help our people succeed we provide the training and support they need to thrive in an inclusive and meritocratic work environment.

We put customers at the centre of our business through our ‘customers before volume’ approach, enabling us to focus on consistently delivering high quality homes to all of our customers.

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Diversity & Inclusion

We want to ensure that our workforce reflects the communities we build in and the customers we serve; ensuring we are diverse and inclusive at every level.

We are determined to become a more diverse organisation and our newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Council is leading the strategy to achieve that goal.

We are part of the Home Builders Federation’s Diversity and Inclusion Group, and from 2022 will be chairing this key initiative for the sector, with the aim of developing a more diverse and inclusive workforce across the industry. We are also a member of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN), part of the National Apprenticeships Service to demonstrate our open and inclusive culture in recruiting and employing young people.

At the end of 2020 approximately 28% of our employees were female and 72% were male. As at the same date we had three female and five male Directors on the Company’s Board and 19 female (26%) and 55 male (74%) colleagues in our senior executive committee and their direct reports.

We have set a number of stretching targets to improve our gender diversity. By the end of 2025 we aim for:

  • 40% of our employees to be female
  • 35% of our Executive Committee and direct reports to be female
  • 45% of our employees in management roles to be female

In 2021 we recruited a dedicated Director of Talent and Diversity to help achieve these targets.

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Rewards & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including a pension, life insurance and a bonus.

We also provide flexible working arrangements and have a Hybrid Working Policy for core roles in the business, allowing staff on completion of probation to apply for home working up to 2 or 3 days per week.

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Our Achiever Awards recognise excellence amongst our colleagues. There are five awards categories: Trade Apprentice of the Year, Trainee Sales Advisor of the Year, Business Trainee of the Year, the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award and the Duncan Davidson Award, from which the overall Achiever of the Year is selected.

Colleague Support & Networks

  • Colleague Support & Networks

    The Persimmon Pathway
  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Outstanding customer service
  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Supporting the Persimmon Way
  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Mental health support
  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Diversity and Inclusion Council

Katherine Hornsby, Construction Apprentice

Katherine Hornsby, 19, joined Persimmon in 2020 as a Construction Apprentice. As part of her apprenticeship she is currently pursuing a Level 4 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment at Derby College to become a quantity surveyor. Katherine recognised the value of work experience and knew an apprenticeship would enable her to learn and qualify, while gaining a practical understanding of the job.

Katherine Hornsby

“I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of all aspects of the commercial department, enabling me to make an informed decision on the direction of my training and future career. This flexible and real-life experience could not be possible if I had been in full time education. I would definitely encourage others to become an apprentice.”

Katherine Hornsby
Construction Apprentice