Construction & engineering
Hot innovation area: Diversity & inclusion

The Aecom HR team has been leading the way in taking steps to close the gender pay gap within the company. CEO Lara Poloni became a WGEA pay equity ambassador and the HR team stepped up to the plate by looking for gaps rather than falling back on tired HR practices. The analysis was extensive, utilising an internal classification framework to compare average salaries across levels, disciplines and locations. 

Actions included allocating 5% of the annual salary review budget to close the gap for those women who were not paid competitively enough against the internal or external market. The team has also examined how salaries are set at the point of hire and how out-of-cycle increases are assessed.