Report 2017

Shaping the future

Environmental Stewardship

Protecting our resources, reducing our impacts

Culture and Wellbeing

Maintaining and enhancing our status of employer of choice

Governance and Ethics

Business operations with a conscience

Sustainability in Services

Leading the market towards a sustainable

built environment

Community and Charity

Working together to create opportunities

GVA has an excellent reputation for taking a tailored approach to addressing our clients’ needs.

None of this would be possible without employing and nurturing a great workforce who are enthusiastic about their jobs and feel they can bring their whole self to the workplace. In the simplest sense we are a business which is about nurturing relationships and communities around our consultancy services.

Health and wellbeing

We have created a framework for workplace wellbeing which includes free check-ups with physiologists, an online health portal, and an array of tools for each employee to monitor, assess and develop their health. We also run regular talks, seminars and workshops on topics like nutrition and making lifestyle changes.

Emerging talent

We have taken on four apprentices in our London, Birmingham and Edinburgh offices. Two apprentice surveyors came from our partnership with Chartered Surveyors Training Trust helping candidates become qualified surveyors regardless of their academic, social or financial circumstance.

Commitment to inclusivity

At GVA we are striving to create an environment where the most talented and creative people want to do their best work, regardless of background, race, ethnicity or gender. We have introduced agile working in all our offices and have in place tailored leadership and development programmes which directly address the specific needs of different groups.

Our goals

Work hard to create a safe working environment where everybody has the opportunity to grow, develop and maximise their potential and goals free from prejudice or barriers

Retain and attract the very best

Our objectives

Re-enforce our values – we can, we care & we create

Re-enforce our culture – we understand, we support & we trust in everything we do

Engage (formally and informally) with our people and act on feedback

Prepare and coach our managers to lead, manage and develop people

Work hard but treat our people as individuals. Creating an environment built on continuous thinking and mutual trust and respect

Recruit the very best and provide them with the right tools, responsibility, autonomy and the freedom to innovate.

Work with RICS, RTPI and other bodies such as the CTFOP (Changing the Face of Property) initiative to increase diversity and inclusion within the property sector.

Alignment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Ensure everyone has a chance to enter the property sector and can benefit from accessible environments.

GVA action:
Grow our apprenticeship scheme to give those that are less fortunate a chance to become a property professional. Be leaders in the property sector to consciously create accessible environments for all people.

Gender Pay Gap

GVA continues to champion equality and this is reflected in the decision to collect, monitor and publish gender statistics. Analysis of hourly rates shows gaps in pay and bonus’ between men and women. However the gender pay gap at GVA derives from the make-up of our workforce not our pay structure. Our overall results reflect an industry that is woefully under-represented by women at the most senior levels and particularly in fee-earning roles.

Bonus proportions

A high percentage of our employees receive a bonus – 79% of all women and 82% of all men.

Pay distributions by quartiles

Our pay distribution by quartile reflects the fact men represent a higher percentage of the upper quartiles than women, and vice versa in lower quartiles. This is typical of our sector as a whole where the gender pay gap is too wide and there is a lack of women in senior roles.



“Our leaders are creating an open and welcoming organisation where individuals work together towards a collective purpose. They trust individuals and teams to deliver their best work. It’s this level of autonomy that empowers people whatever their background or chosen career path, to truly engage, own their development and exceed the expectations of our clients. I’m excited by the opportunity GVA has to embrace the diverse workforce available to us across the UK and addressing the gender imbalance within the real estate industry.”


Nicola Harris, Human Resources Director, GVA