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

In 2021 we launched our new Mission, Vision and Values, which build on our many strengths and will guide us as we strive even higher, to be Britain’s leading homebuilder.

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.

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Diversity & Inclusion

We are focused on attracting a more diverse workforce across every aspect of our operations, and this is being driven by our Director of Talent & Diversity. At the end of 2021, 27% of our employees were female and 73% were male. As at the same date there were three female Directors out of a total of nine on the Company’s Board (33.3%), and there was one Director from an ethnic minority background. There were also 20 females (28%) and 51 males (72%) in the Group’s Executive Committee and their direct reports.

In 2021 we 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; and
  • 45% of our employees in management roles to be female.

To assist with this initiative and to prioritise our D&I Policy, we commissioned a Diversity & Inclusion Review during 2021, which was undertaken by an external consultancy. The outcome of the Review will enable the Group to establish a robust and impactful D&I Policy.

To assist this process, our Gender Diversity Panel has been renamed the Diversity & Inclusion Council and has an increased and more diverse membership, including a wide cross-section of senior leaders. The Council is responsible for overseeing the implementation of our D&I Policy and monitoring progress. To feed directly into the work of the Council, a Diversity & Inclusion Employee Panel will be established in 2022, comprising of a varied cross-section of volunteer members from across our workforce.

We are part of the Home Builders Federation’s Diversity and Inclusion Group, and from 2022 have chaired 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.

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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, allowing staff in suitable job roles to apply for home working up to 2 or 3 days per week.

Recognition

Our annual Achiever Awards recognise colleagues who have made a special contribution or excelled in their role. The Awards include recognition for our best Apprentices and Trainees, plus The Duncan Davidson Award for the employee who has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, and the Unsung Hero Award that offers the opportunity to recognise the efforts of an employee who regularly goes beyond the call of duty to help their colleagues.

In 2021 we also launched our inaugural Construction Excellence Awards to recognise our site-based colleagues who demonstrate excellence in their work.

Awards

Colleague Support & Networks

  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Engaging with our employees
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    Fair pay
  • Colleague Support & Networks

    Developing our colleagues and our talent pipeline

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