Hull Trains bucking the trend as it ''smashes through the glass ceiling'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Aug 2018

Hull Trains is smashing through the “glass ceiling” as it bucks national trends for train drivers and staff.

Almost a third of drivers for the operator are women, according to new figures, compared to the national average of just five per cent.

Of the country’s 22 train companies, Hull Trains’ Louise Cheeseman is also the only woman at the helm.

She said: “We really value our people and we aim to continually improve the skills of our entire team - encouraging everyone to work towards achieving their personal and professional goals.

“We are moving away from the stereotypical view that the rail industry merely creates ‘jobs for the boys’ and we hope that other companies will be inspired to follow our lead and that more people will want to join us.”

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The news comes as Hull Trains announced it had added two new female drivers to its team.

Emma Ramsden and Sarah Goldbourne have joined Hull Trains, and are now set to drive some of the fastest trains on the UK rail network.

Research released by the government this week reveals a significant gender pay gap in the UK.

However, UK train operator, Hull Trains, is one organisation that continues to smash through the ‘glass ceiling’, by bucking the national trend.  

For the first time ever, 100% of UK employers that were identified as being in the scope of gender pay gap regulations have published data.

Statistics from the Government Equalities Office reveal that 75% of UK companies pay their male staff more on average than their female staff, and 80% have more women in their lowest paid positions than in their highest.

Ms Cheeseman said: “Emma Ramsden and Sarah Goldbourne join a growing band of female drivers in our team.

“They are an inspiration to others and I hope we can encourage more women to seek a career in what has been seen, traditionally, as a male dominated industry.”

Read more: Rail veteran joins Hull Trains team

Reports have revealed that men hold the majority of executive board positions in most industries, with only 12% of positions held by women in the construction industry.

Despite this statistic, 50% of Hull Trains employees are female, with an equal gender split on the executive board.

Debbie Birch, Head of HR at Hull Trains, said: “It is important to understand the advantages of a diverse workforce overall – management and the executive board should be diverse in both age and gender.

“At Hull Trains, we are committed to diversity and the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that this engenders.”

Hull Trains is currently the country’s smallest train operating company.

It currently employs around 120 people, and helps more than one million customers use its services every year.

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