As at the end of FY23, there were 650 employees across the Group with 420 located in the UK, and 230 overseas. Building and retaining a skilled and motivated workforce is crucial for the Group and we understand the importance of investing in our people and supporting them, ensuring that we have the appropriate skills the Group will need in the future.

Health & Wellbeing

Our employees are key to our success, and their health and well-being are top priorities, especially after the pandemic. Our flexible working policy allows employees to work remotely where feasible, helping them balance work and personal life. There is also an Employee Assistance Programme covering all UK employees, with alternative local programmes available for Germany and the USA. This programme continues to support colleagues with a range of services, including mental health support, assistance with broader financial issues, legal guidance, and medical support. Colleagues have access to a 24-hour helpline and an online portal offering information, advice, and newsletters.

People Development

Carr’s is committed to promoting and nurturing a thriving work environment, with an emphasis on internal promotions and recognising the talent within existing teams. This is further supported through flexible working practices that allow colleagues to have a work life balance.

One initiative is the Carr’s Engineering Skills Academy, where we actively support home-grown apprentices and their professional development. By investing in the growth of employees and the community at large, we are confident in the Group’s ability to achieve sustainable success in the years ahead. Learning and development continue to be focal points at all levels, for new and existing colleagues. Colleagues are required to complete mandatory training modules upon joining the Group and periodically
throughout their career with Carr’s.

A range of external professional qualifications were also supported, including a Cambridge University course in Business Sustainability Management. The Group’s e-learning capability continues to expand, including a new environment awareness course, and updates have been made in health and safety modules to keep them up to date with current legislation.

Recruitment & Rewards

The Group’s approach to colleague rewards is aligned with national standards, and we regularly review the rewards package to ensure they remain competitive. In the UK we have a comprehensive benefit package which includes the Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle Scheme, Tech Scheme, Give-As-You-Earn, Carr’s Go Green electronic vehicle scheme and a choice of two pension options. Internationally, there are localised benefits which include coffee and lunch allowance, subsidised gym membership, cycle to work scheme and flexitime. Recruitment processes for leadership and senior roles throughout the Group are overseen by senior HR leadership. Where possible both internal and external candidates are encouraged to apply for roles in the Group.

Diversity & Inclusion

Carr’s is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and embracing the strength that comes from diverse perspectives, which is reflected in the Group’s approach to recruitment and internal rewards and promotions. We have clear policies in place to ensure that all decisions relating to employment practices will be objective, free from bias, and based upon the individual needs of the businesses within the Group. The Group’s Equal Opportunities Policy encompasses existing colleagues as well as potential colleagues in the recruitment process and our interview and recruitment training aligns with our policies and focuses on ensuring that we select the right person for every role.

We regularly monitor our gender statistics to ensure that they are reflective of the broader engineering and agriculture industries, while remaining mindful that these industries currently contain a predominately male workforce. The Group recognises the benefits of attracting the broadest and most diverse range of candidates for all roles within our businesses, and the benefit such wide-ranging skills, expertise and experiences brings to the Group.