Key numbers

  • Gender diversity
    Gender diversity % female employees
    Board members/executive leaders 31 31 32 32 33
    Senior managers 47 48 48 47 47
    Total employees 54 54 54 54 50

    In 2011, women accounted for 31% of Board members/executive leaders, 47% of senior managers and 54% of total employees. There are currently three women on WPP’s Board and a female Company Secretary, Group communications director and Group chief counsel. Several of our businesses are run by women. See Diversity and inclusion.

  • Ethnic diversity
    Ethnic diversity in US and UK
    Board members/executive leaders 11 11 8 12 11
    Senior managers 17 16 16 16 13
    Total employees 24 24 23 23 21

    We measure ethnic diversity in our offices in the US and UK using national definitions of ethnic/racial minorities, such as the Commission for Racial Equality in the UK and the Equal Opportunity Commission in the US. In 2011, 24% of employees in these countries were from ethnic minorities, up from 21% in 2007. See Diversity and inclusion.

  • Staff training & welfare
    Staff training & welfare £m
    38.6 42.6 39.9 48.9 58.3
  • Several thousand people take part in training and professional development opportunities each year at both the parent and operating company levels. In 2011, WPP companies invested £58.3 million in training and wellbeing, a 19% increase over the previous year and a 9% increase per person. See Training and Development.

  • Days lost due to sickness
    Days lost due to sickness
    3.2 3.3
  • In 2011, there were on average 3.3 days lost due to sickness (including injuries and stress) per employee, up from 3.2 in 2010. We believe the increase in our sickness rate may be due at least in part to improvements in the way we collect our data in this area. The increase in overall days lost also partly reflects a growth in headcount of 9% in 2011. We estimate that the cost to the business from absences due to sickness in 2011 was £51.4 million.

  • Age diversity
  • Over 75% of employees in the Group are under 40. The industry has traditionally employed a young workforce and this trend is reinforced by our growth in fast-growing economies where the communications sector is relatively new and has a higher proportion of entry-level employees. 

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