Paving the Way. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


At Man Group, we believe in diversity because it is the right thing to do, because it makes us a better place to work and it makes us a better business.

Luke Ellis Chief Executive Officer, Man Group


Our Paving the Way Campaign

Paving the way

In 2018, we launched Paving the Way, our dedicated campaign to help encourage a more diverse pipeline of candidates, both within Man Group and across the investment industry more broadly. We believe it is our responsibility to address factors which lead to a lack of diversity in our workforce; this campaign represents our firm wide commitment to do so robustly and vocally, and is well aligned with our longstanding charitable focus on promoting literacy and numeracy at a grassroots level. We hope these efforts will not only attract more diverse candidates, but support them into senior positions and front-office roles, such as portfolio managers and researchers.

Paving the Way encompasses Man Group’s internal and external initiatives, partnerships and programmes which focus on internal progression, recruitment and next generation outreach in order to help us attract and develop talent from more diverse backgrounds and encourage diversity and inclusion.


It is very easy to pay lip-service to diversity. However, to see real change, we need to take action across the industry. Without this, diversity will remain a corporate buzzword used to salve consciences rather than drive change. Paving the Way is Man Group’s way of taking action: creating a pathway for diverse candidates to enter and succeed within our industry.

Robyn Grew Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Man Group



Our Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Man Group is committed to diversity and inclusion, and has introduced a number of initiatives in recent years. We focus on external and internal initiatives, partnerships and programmes that help us to attract and develop talent from more diverse backgrounds and to encourage diversity and inclusion across our firm and industry.

We seek to attract and elevate the best people, and foster an environment where everyone has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential.


Drive is our global internal diversity and inclusion network, run by our employees and sponsored by the senior management team. Drive is designed to inform, support and inspire our people. The network’s mission is to advance Man Group’s efforts in promoting inclusion and valuing diversity in all its forms, including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability. Its activities include events, training, resources and peer engagement across the firm. We believe that through creating a collaborative, supportive environment, where diversity is celebrated and individuals are empowered to achieve their potential, we can ultimately deliver the best solutions for our clients.

Man Diversity & Inclusion


We run various mentoring programmes to help people at Man Group achieve their potential. Our female mentoring programme actively identifies high-potential women within the firm, pairing them with mentors from Man Group’s Executive Committee to support their professional development, share expertise and act as a senior sounding-board.

We also run tailored mentoring for apprentices and those undertaking returnships following a career break, as well as for those from under-represented groups within the firm.

Diversity & inclusion events

Through Drive, we run a global programme of diversity and inclusion events. These include regular 'lunch & learn' sessions, hosting external speakers on relevant diversity themes, such as LGBT+ equality, and celebrations of diversity, including our International Women’s Day events.

Carer support

We have policies in place to support our employees with their family commitments, including caring responsibilities such as parental leave and child care.

Under our global parental leave policy, all new parents at the firm are entitled to 18 weeks full pay. We believe that this allows our people to take leave at one of the most significant times in their lives, underscoring our commitment to enabling our employees to have a true work-life balance.

Flexible working

We offer flexible working arrangements for all staff and we welcome applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly. Flexible working helps ensure that we support employees with balancing their external commitments, and with working in the way they find most effective. There are no restrictions on the reasons for requesting flexible working.

We are committed to paving the way for potential future candidates in the investment industry. There is evidence that certain groups self-select away from qualifications in subjects that may more naturally lead to a career in finance and/or technology. Our 'next generation' efforts focus on those in full time education, from school age to university.

NSPCC Number Day

Sponsored by Man AHL through The Man Charitable Trust, the NSPCC’s annual Number Day is the largest nationwide numeracy event for children and young people in the UK. The initiative provides teachers with a wide range of fun, curriculum-focused activities which have been designed to promote enthusiastic attitudes towards numeracy, while encouraging schools to raise funds for the NSPCC.

NSPCC Number Day

European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

We are proud to sponsor the UK team at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, an annual international mathematics competition. The team is selected by the UK Mathematics Trust, a charity established in 1996 to advance the education of young people in mathematics.


European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

The Young Women’s Leadership Network

Man Group’s employees in New York participate in various volunteering programmes with the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), which aims to nurture the intellectual curiosity and creativity of young women by supporting its network of all-girl schools in order to maximise academic achievement, social-emotional wellbeing, and post-secondary success for a diverse pipeline of young people from low income communities.

The Young Women’s Leadership Network

Girls Who Invest

Man Group, through Man Numeric, sponsors Girls Who Invest (GWI) and works with them to identify summer interns for our research team in Boston. The women participating in the GWI program are highly skilled university students who are not all from traditional finance or business backgrounds, and are given intensive training in these subjects by GWI before being placed in internships with asset management firms. Man Numeric has also worked with GWI to integrate quant-specific training into their curriculum and had members of their research team present in GWI’s intensive training sessions.

Codman Academy

Man Numeric partners with the Codman Academy, a charter school known for fostering diversity. Billed as ‘CodeMan Academy’, Man Numeric hosts students one evening a week for ten weeks to teach them about how mathematics, coding and statistics are applied in the real world, and particularly in the realm of finance. The lessons include activities such as an introduction to basic coding logic through a tic-tac-toe simulation, using statistics to identify the NBA’s best basketball player and the first steps to writing a video game character.

Insight Days

Man Group organises Insight Days for secondary school students through our ‘next generation’ partnerships across our global offices. These days provide students with insight into our industry through a range of activities such as panel discussions, mock job interviews and interactive trading simulations.

Our recruitment efforts focus on reaching and attracting a diverse group of candidates. In addition to inclusive hiring practices, we engage in partnerships and programmes that provide access to and opportunities for under-represented groups in our industry.

Apprenticeship programme

We run an apprenticeship programme in partnership with City Gateway, a London focused charity that works to transform the lives of children and young people impacted by social and economic disadvantage and exclusion. The apprenticeship offers candidates valuable work experience, which helps them develop their careers, and a number of apprentices have gone on to take up full time roles at Man Group.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London

We partner with SEO London, an organisation which works with talented students from ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds for career success. Through our partnership, young people supported by SEO London are able to access a range of opportunities across Man Group’s talent programmes.

Bright Network

Man Group works with Bright Network, a career network that helps us identify the brightest students from all backgrounds who may be suitable for career opportunities at Man Group. Bright Network places particular emphasis on ensuring diversity within their cohort as part of their mission to help the smartest students get ahead in their careers.

Returner programme

Man Group operates a Returner programme, in partnership with Woman Returners, with the aim of tapping into the predominantly female talent pool of professionals seeking to return to work following a career break. We are confident that, with the right support, more highly-qualified women will return to work and progress to or take up senior roles.

Maria joined Man GLG through the Returner Programme after a three and a half year career break. To read about her experience on the programme, please click here.

If you would like to express your interest in Man Group’s Returner programme, please contact us.

Women Returners

The Partnership

Man Group engages with The Partnership, Inc., in Boston. The Partnership works with organisations to build racially and ethnically diverse leadership pipelines in a myriad of ways, including through its job board, consulting services and range of Leadership Development Programs.

The Partnership

Diversity-focused recruitment

Man Group has a diversity-focused recruitment policy in place, which ensures that we have diverse interview panels and candidate lists across all roles. We also engage with a number of market leading active inclusion recruitment partners.

Diversity-focused graduate engagement

We run recruitment events for under-represented groups in full time education, and work with targeted university networks to enable our success in this area.

Insight programme

We run a five-day insight programme, which takes place twice a year during the summer and spring school holidays and provides students from non-traditional backgrounds with an opportunity to learn the basics of investing and gain insight into our industry.


Gender Pay Statistics

Man Group welcomes the requirement for employers in the UK to calculate and publish their gender pay gap, a measure designed to show the difference between the average earnings of men and women across an organisation.

Our figures show the gap has remained broadly stable compared to last year. While we do not see disparities of pay between individuals performing similar roles, our gender pay figures continue to demonstrate the widely recognised ‘diversity gap’ across our organisation and our industry. In particular, they highlight the lower representation of women in front office investment management roles and at senior levels within Man Group where compensation is typically the highest. For front office investment management roles, the variable performance-related bonus is highly correlated with fund performance and the delivery of results for clients. Our bonus pay gap therefore also reflects the lower female representation in senior investment positions.

We are committed to ensuring there is not a gender imbalance when it comes to compensation for similar roles. Alongside our ongoing diversity initiatives, Man Group has a compensation monitoring process in place which reviews pay across the firm globally to ensure that it is fair and proportionate.

However, we are conscious that we need to make ongoing progress in attracting and elevating women and other diverse talent and, as our Diversity & Inclusion Report shows, are actively addressing the issue head-on. We are therefore confident that we will see a narrowing trend in our UK gender pay gap figures over time as our initiatives drive meaningful change.


Hourly rate

Median gender pay gap: 27.8%

Mean gender pay gap: 22.2%

Pay distribution

  Male Female
 Upper quartile  81.2%  18.8%
 Upper middle quartile  84.5%  15.5%
 Lower middle quartile  70.7%  29.3%
 Lower quartile  50.6%  49.4%

Bonus pay

Median bonus gap: 66.7%

Mean bonus gap: 68.9%


91.9% of women received a bonus

88.1% of men received a bonus

Women in Finance Charter

At Man Group, we recognise that we must take further action to drive better gender diversity, particularly in senior and front office roles, and are proud to have become a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter in 2018. Signatories pledge to promote gender diversity, including setting internal targets and reporting publicly on progress.

We have introduced a target of 25% female representation in senior management roles by December 2020, to build on our current progress; in 2016, 16% of senior managers at Man Group were women and this has increased to 22% in 2018. We place great importance on the development of women at all levels across Man Group, to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential and to progress to senior roles. Introducing this target is therefore well-aligned with our efforts and initiatives to support and develop women within the firm.

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