Making talent shine

Our people are critical to our success. We couldn't do what we do, or achieve our goals as a business, without the 16,500 people who create our content, innovate on and off the screen and provide our customers with great service.

So it's vital that we continue to attract the most talented people to work with us. Our aim is to create a culture where they can give their best and collaborate to fulfil their potential, and then reward them for the work they do. That's why we're working in a number of different ways to make Sky a great place to work.

Developing and attracting talent

We're always looking to attract the best people to Sky. In fact, our commitment to developing fresh talent through our graduate schemes has led to us being named by The Times as one of the top 100 graduate employers.

This year, over 50 graduates joined Sky through our award-winning scheme, which provides the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience across a range of business areas. We also launched our first finance graduate scheme in Scotland, sponsoring successful candidates through their Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications. And because technology is such an important part of our future, we've set up our own 'software engineering academy', which will train graduates in web and mobile technologies.

We also take on over 50 modern apprentices every year in a range of different roles, from our installation engineers to our customer service teams. And we've recently announced that we'll expand our award-winning apprenticeship scheme to include roles in our broadcast operations, drama and news teams.

But it's not just about attracting the best new talent. We're just as committed to helping everyone who already works for Sky to develop their potential. Our online Development Studio is open to all staff and provides access to a huge range of learning resources and courses, linked to a new performance development system. It has helped improve development and performance across the company and its success was recognised this year with a Broadcast National Training Award.

Our future success as a company depends on our ability to bring through the next generation of leaders. That's why we've built on our existing leadership development programmes by working with Henley Business School to introduce a new scheme for senior leaders currently in roles directly below our executive management team.

For a number of years, we've worked to achieve greater representation of women in senior positions. Our Senior Women's Development Network offers opportunities for mentoring and support between women from across the organisation. And to help new mothers and their families enjoy the first months of their children's life, we've doubled the period of paid maternity leave and halved the qualification period this year. We were proud to be named by The Times as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women this year.

Development isn't just something that we want to happen inside our four walls. As an industry leader, we have a wider opportunity to support the development of the whole broadcasting sector. For example, we're pioneering the introduction of 3D TV with the launch of Europe's first 3D channel. But, instead of keeping everything we've learnt to ourselves, we want to help the sector to grow. So we organised an industry-wide conference to share what we've discovered about 3D content production with other companies and, at the same time, learn from them too. And it is helping the whole industry to develop faster.

Sky Graduate Programme

Sky Graduate Programme

Award-winning Development Studio

Award-winning Development Studio

Making Sky a great place to work

As well as developing and rewarding staff, we want Sky to be a great place to work every day. To attract and retain the best talent, our comprehensive reward package includes healthcare cover, a pension plan and life assurance, as well as free Sky+HD, Sky Broadband and Sky Talk.

We also give all our full-time staff the right to 16 hours of paid time every year to volunteer for charitable work. They can use the time to support the charity of their choice, but we also organise volunteering opportunities for them in the local community linked to our Bigger Picture initiatives in the environment, sport and the arts. As a result, over the past 12 months, thousands of our people have planted trees, cleared litter from parks and streams, and organised sports activities.

We also encourage our staff to get on their bikes with a wide range of workplace cycling initiatives. As well as offering dedicated changing facilities and tax-free loans to buy bikes, staff can take advantage of on-site bike and helmet hire, try a lunchtime bike ride or spinning class led by a professional and get a free bike service at the on-site bike shop. In addition, over the past year, British Cycling and Team Sky professionals have provided staff with expert cycling advice. And each year we support a team of Sky people to tackle one of the most challenging stages of the Tour de France.

When our people achieve great things, it's important that we stop to say thank you. Schemes like Sky FAME for our contact centres, or our Believe in Better Awards for the whole business, allow us to recognise and reward individuals and teams who exemplify Sky's values and go above and beyond the call of duty. Over the past year, the top prizes for our highest-achievers have included a trip to Rio de Janeiro or a 3D TV set.

We had a great year as a company and reaching our target of 10 million homes was the result of hard work by all our staff. So, to celebrate that achievement and say thank you, all our people were able to choose from a range of gift options. And alongside that, Sky Fest, our summer festival for staff and their families, was the biggest and best yet, allowing us to say thank you to them for their commitment and support through the year.

Sky is one of The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women

Sky is one of The Times' Top 50 Employers for Women

Volunteering in the local community

Volunteering in the local community

Sky Fest, our summer festival for staff and their families

Sky Fest, our summer festival for staff and their families

Sky FAME Awards

Sky FAME Awards

Sky staff cycling a stage of the Tour de France

Sky staff cycling a stage of the Tour de France

We employ 2,500 staff in skilled roles in production and broadcasting

We employ 2,500 staff in skilled roles in production and broadcasting