Women in senior roles within ScotRail and Network Rail: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/19/00802  
Date received: 18/3/2019
Date responded: 15/4/2019
Information requested
You asked for information in relation to ScotRail and Network Rail regarding women in senior roles, programmes implemented to address the pay gap and quantitative results, women hired each year since 2010 and the number and percentage of women in each pay quartile.
In relation to the questions you ask about ScotRail, while our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have all the information you have asked for and in the format you have requested. However, the information we do have relating to ScotRail is attached in Annex A.

Regarding the information you requested about Network Rail, this would lie with Network Rail which is a public authority and subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. To make a request for information to Network Rail, please email  or write to:
Network Rail - Freedom of Information
1st Floor Willen, Area C
The Quadrant
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Milton Keynes

You can also call the Network Rail Freedom of Information Team on 01908 782405 if you need advice before making a request.
Annex A
Are there any women (and who) in executive leadership at ScotRail? How many women have senior managerial positions in ScotRail? What is the proportion of leadership positions held by women?

ScotRail has four female directors currently and a growing number of female senior managers.
Lesley Kane (Commercial Director)
Jacqueline Hepburn (Human Resources Director)
Sue Evans (Communications Director)
Syeda Ghufran (Engineering Director)
What programs has ScotRail implemented to address the pay gap? What are the quantitative results of these programs, schemes, and/or recruitment techniques?
  • ScotRail using graduate, apprentice, and intern programmes to attract more women into its business.
  • ScotRail promoting the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs, through school visits.
  • ScotRail continuing to monitor pay to ensure there is no bias towards either gender during recruitment or throughout employment with ScotRail.
  • ScotRail regularly reviewing its HR policies and processes to ensure that people have the opportunity to work in a way that works best for them, their career aspirations, and their home life.

How many women have been hired at ScotRail each year since 2010 compared to male hires, is this an increase in % female?

This is the information we hold since 2010:
Period Male Female Prefer not to say Total
30/11/9 - 27/2/10 20 46 0 66
30/5/10 - 28/8/10 43 12 4 59
28/11/10 - 26/2/11 40 12 0 52
4/6/11 - 17/3/12 193 76 12 281
18/3/12 - 9/6/12 52 28 0 80

How many women are in each pay quartile at ScotRail? What is the percentage of women in each pay quartile?

Picture was included in response - see attached below:

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