Responsible employer

Attract, develop and retain

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SSE believes in an approach to responsible employment that drives value in the long-term. Its commercial success depends on the ability to attract, develop and retain a sustainable pipeline of highly engaged employees. This means bringing in new talent, from different and diverse backgrounds, as well as maintaining and investing in growing the human capital – the talent, knowledge, skills and abilities – of those it already employs.


SSE recognises there is a lack of diversity across the entire energy industry – just 15% of jobs in the sector are held by women and only 4% of employees are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Diverse and inclusive organisations are more likely to be innovative and commercially successful. That’s why SSE is taking measures to attract and retain a genuinely diverse workforce.  

SSE has published its gender pay gap ahead of regulatory requirements. You can read about our gender pay gap here, along with steps we are taking to address it.

Investing in the future

Since 2007, SSE has taken on over 800 apprentices, representing an overall investment of £64m. John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, explains herewhy investing in apprentices and trainees is the responsible thing to do.

Here, Laura Sneddon, a 30-year-old Technical Skills Trainee in SSE’s Power Distribution business, explains why she joined the programme.

SSE has also estimated the economic return on its investment in the Barnardo’s Works youth employability programme.

Doing the right thing

SSE has been a proud Living Wage accredited employer since 2013, meaning our employees – and increasingly our contractors – earn an hourly rate that exceeds the national living wage. 

Since April 2014, SSE has been rolling out the Living Wage across its supply chain. By 2020, when all SSE’s contracts are expected to contain the Living Wage Clause, roughly 800 full-time workers will have received a salary increase. You can read more about out the impacts of the Living Wage in SSE’s supply chain here.

Valuable people

Most companies claim that their people are their greatest asset. SSE was the first UK company to measure the economic value of the skills and capabilities of its employees – calculated to be £3.4bn. Establishing this value allows us to understand how we can best develop and grow these attributes. 

We have also measured the return on investment from two of our key training schemes which shows how the individual, the employer and wider society all benefit from investment in sustainable employment. Read the full report here.