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, it’s social networking, it’s 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
We attend a number of Pride events across the UK and the world. Spearheaded by our community networking group G=VPRD, we work on a number of events throughout the year which are instrumental in how we support and celebrate Pride.
Our Springboard programme is targeted specifically at women in entry to mid-level positions who want to learn new skills in the workplace. These skills and techniques enable women to progress into leadership roles and flourish at Virgin Holidays.
In a competitive industry, Scarlet Network offers an innovative, safe space where like-minded women can connect and learn from each other. Our monthly networking sessions are open to everyone, male or female, and cover a range of topics such as skills development.
Virgin Holidays are proud to partner with WiHLT (Women in Hospitality, Leisure & Travel), an organisation which is committed to increasing diversity and ensuring women are well represented in leadership positions across the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors.
Family Friendly policy
We understand the importance of family and achieving a healthy work-life balance at Virgin Holidays. That’s why we offer flexible working for all of our people, which includes the option to work remotely, varying core hours and part-time hours.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, we’re committed to: ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, supporting existing employees who acquire a disability or long term health condition, and anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments.
The Diversity Champions programme is the leading employers’ programme for ensuring all LGBT employees are accepted without exception in the workplace. As a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we believe in creating a truly inclusive and equal environment which benefits everyone.
The WiAA (Women in Aviation) Charter launched at Farnborough Airshow in 2018. Since then there’s been overwhelming growth, with a community of more than 121 signatory and 34 supporting organisations working together to create a fairer industry for women.
As a member of BITC (Business in the Community), we work in partnership with forward-thinking businesses who are committed to making a positive impact. Our aim is to collaborate to bring about change and make a real difference in society.
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.