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Haymarket Media Group

Publishing Excellence Awards
The AOP Employer Excellence Award sponsored by Lewis Silkin

As a family-owned business, Haymarket Media Group’s values and culture are everything. The organisation’s purpose of ‘Creating a Better Future with our Remarkable Content’ is underpinned by their values: Respect, Creativity, and Expertise. For a company of their scale and size, they punch above their weight, investing significant subs in doing the right thing by both their employees and their global communities.­

They actively encourage internal progression, and are ahead of industry peers in advertising the salary on all jobs – a key factor in levelling up remuneration amongst underrepresented groups.

They upskill through job-role-specific Learning Academies, employee-led quarterly reviews, and bespoke Leadership training, empowering their people to reach their potential. Haymarket’s apprenticeship programme also boasts an impressive 80% retention rate.

Investments in systems and partnerships bolsters the organisation’s commitment to inclusive recruitment, and a comprehensive benefits programme, mandatory DEI training, and employee networks help foster a supportive environment.

A partnership with Circl also provides coaching accreditation opportunities, with 14 qualified mental health first aiders spanning all areas of the business, and a generous health cash plan providing counselling, physiotherapy, health screening, and more to ensure employee wellbeing is a top priority.

Transparent communication is crucial. Through frequent town halls, anonymous question submissions, and engagement surveys, Haymarket fosters open dialogue and gathers valuable feedback which form their People Plans and overarching strategy. Utilising tools like LumApps also fosters global connectivity, while divisional and global employee awards recognise excellence in their work and their people.

Their global sustainability strategy, Haymarket Impact, aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From publishing a global Gender Pay Gap, rolling out mandatory sustainability trainings, collaborating with specialists like Normative and participating in initiatives like AdNetZero to demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions, Haymarket cares deeply about their people, environment, and the communities they serve. They are also currently working to become B Corp Certified.

Haymarket’s commitment also extends beyond the workplace to support communities globally; partnering with SkyLarks, a local charity helping children with additional needs, further reflects their dedication to social responsibility with more than £500k contributed to the charity. This support has allowed SkyLarks to grow exponentially and move into new work aimed at helping young people with additional needs get into meaningful employment.

On average, employee tenure is seven years. Women make up 51% of their global workforce (equal representation at all remuneration quartiles) and their median gender pay gap for 2022/23 is 4.7% - outperforming industry peers. They are Disability Confident Level 2, and have a flexible working culture. Employee surveys show engagement scores are improving every time, and the calibre of their people has been recognised externally, with over 50 industry awards won in the last 12 months.

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