Diversity & Inclusion
Inclusion the Virgin Holidays way
Be yourself. Take a walk around VHQ or talk to our retail teams and they will say the same thing. Virgin Holidays really is a place where people are encouraged to ‘Be Yourself’ whatever that self is. Our Diversity and Inclusion policy runs deeper than an HR document, its social networking, its being open and a community that is fair and supportive for all our employees.
By nurturing an inclusive culture, we know this creates a better working environment for our people regardless of their age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, or affiliation to any political party or trade union. With this in mind we want to employ those who reflect the diverse nature of our society, as we know diversity helps us better understand, support and service our customers.
Find out more below about our networks and diversity initiatives and associations.
Pride @Virgin Holidays
Virgin takes celebrating Pride seriously, from supporting Pride events across the UK to events that span across the globe. Our community networking group G=VPRD, work on a number of events throughout the calendar year and are instrumental to how we support Pride events.
Springboard is a programme that we deliver, targeted specifically at females in entry to mid-level positions who want to enhance their skillset in a variety of ways. In turn, these skills could help them move up into leadership roles when opportunities arise. They also get to discover techniques which can be used every day.
Our women’s networking group, Scarlet Network, is a social space where like-minded women can support each other. We hold a range of monthly networking sessions, from skills development to guest speakers (everyone’s welcome to attend). We aim to get women connecting in a fast-paced industry.
WiH2020 is devoted to increasing women’s representation and diversity as a whole, as well as in leadership positions across hospitality, travel and leisure. By collaborating with like-minded organisations in our industry, we believe we can amplify the impact of individual diversity initiatives. Together we can have a bigger, louder voice for the good of the HTL industry.
We know that family matters to our people as Virgin is a family affair. Many of our employees work flexibly and in many ways, including part-time, different core hours or remote working. We aim to provide a realistic balance between work and life which will enable our employees to manage their ever-busy personal lives with their careers at Virgin Atlantic & Holidays.
Virgin is committed to embedding a culture where disabled people and those with health conditions can work in good jobs and achieve their full potential. This starts from the outset of our recruitment process, where we provide an opportunity for demonstrating skills, talent and abilities at interview. We’re devoted to ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive.
As a proud employer, it is natural for us to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion. In doing so, we are fully committed to embedding inclusion across our organisation. Receiving this accolade means our policies are expertly reviewed and we receive feedback on how to improve. This enables us to stay at the cutting edge of good practice at all times.
The Women in Aviation & Aerospace (WiAA) Charter has gone from strength to strength. It’s seen huge growth and success, building an expanding community of over 121 signatory and 34 supporting organisations, all committed to building a fairer industry for women. Their current focus is to deepen the understanding of our industry’s diversity challenges.
Business in the Community (BITC) is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. As a member, we have joined a network of progressive businesses who look beyond the profit motive. We’re dedicated to making a difference within society and collaborating with other companies to bring about change.
Scope of our Policies
Our policies apply to recruitment and selection, terms & conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer, references and every other aspect of employment. make, both individually, and as part of the Virgin Holidays team.