Support by employees of Bloomsbury

We encourage the spare time involvement of staff worldwide in supporting good causes and in the promotion of literature, literacy and education. These voluntary activities by employees are often directly or indirectly assisted by the business and by Bloomsbury colleagues. Examples of the many such activities recently undertaken are as follows:

Staff volunteering

  • A significant number of our employees worldwide, both through a Bloomsbury coordinator and privately, are involved in formal volunteer reading schemes and regularly attend schools in the UK and the US. These provide supervised reading support to young readers, often from disadvantaged backgrounds where their opportunities to develop reading skills may be hindered.
  • Bloomsbury employees attend schools and colleges to give talks that have included on careers, such as in digital publishing and IT, and on reading skills required in the workplace. They have also assisted young people with interview practice, career mentoring and school magazines. They are unpaid public speakers at presentations, have published articles and hosted discussions on publishing topics and are volunteers for literary festivals and societies for young publishers. Bloomsbury employees also support primary schools e.g. giving classroom talks on writing.
  • Many employees worldwide are involved in their local communities typically promoting literacy, literature and education, such as by sitting on committees, as governors of schools, by supporting special interest groups and as trustees and supporters of publishing industry and arts voluntary organisations, e.g. a UK employee is a trustee of a book trade charity; and US employees support various organisations such as a not-for-profit bookstore helping the homeless and in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • The main Board Directors commit significant spare time outside of work to book-related charities, not-for-profit organisations and higher education.

In our offices worldwide the employees volunteer regularly to assist good causes unrelated to publishing e.g. in the UK they are Samaritans and worldwide they provide spare time support for homeless, sick and vulnerably housed adults and children.

Staff donating

Bloomsbury employees worldwide often call on their colleagues for fundraising sponsorship such as with marathons, cake sales and many other employee-inspired activities. Our offices will put up teams to participate in events, e.g. Bloomsbury's netball team raises money for good causes and charities; our US office participates in a food drive for hunger by donating canned goods and non‐perishables to the Food Bank of New York City; an Australian office employee participated in Diabetes Walk for Cure; and groups of employees arrange visits to charity centres at Christmas to sing carols.


We have a diverse workforce and management team led by a gender diverse Board. The majority of senior managers and employees worldwide in the Group are women. As at 28 February 2018 the number of employees by each sex is:

  Female Male
All employees of the Group1 435 (69%) 192 (31%)
Senior managers of the Group2 5 2
Directors of the Group parent Company 2 6
  1. Excludes workers who are freelance consultants and temps.
  2. Includes the heads of publishing divisions, Group functions and country heads who are not Executive Directors on the parent Company Board.

Employment KPIs

The senior management team monitors staff-related KPIs (e.g. joiners and leavers) but the Group does not disclose all of these for commercial reasons that are in the interests of the Shareholders. Management considers the business has a low rate of staff turnover, especially amongst the team of skilled publishers.

Employees and human rights

We recognise that people are a key asset and employment policies are directed at creating a workplace that attracts, motivates, develops and retains high calibre employees.

Supported by territory heads of human resources, the managing directors of the publishing divisions, the heads of each Group function and managing directors of regional offices have responsibility for the employment matters (including human rights) of their teams. The Chief Executive has overall Board-level responsibility for employment matters. For example, where employment matters have a Group-wide impact or cannot be resolved at a lower level in the business then they may be referred to the Chief Executive.

Key features of the Group's employment policies and practices are:

  • Openness: Bloomsbury provides a high degree of openness and transparency on its activities and performance through information provided to employees. Employees are kept updated frequently on sales, book releases, project achievements, internal newsletters, corporate news and feedback from external media and other sources. The Bloomsbury Institute arranges regular events, which enable staff to meet socially. Weekly and other regular team meetings and internal annual conferences bring employees together from across the Group's worldwide sites allowing team members to formally and informally share information about the business and develop strong working relationships.
  • Engagement: we promote a friendly collegiate culture in which employees are encouraged to discuss their concerns and issues with their line managers and senior colleagues. The senior management team meets frequently to discuss employee matters and is supported by regular operational meetings attended by managers covering all of the Group's worldwide sites.
  • Ethical behaviour: we expect employees, Directors, subcontractors and others to exercise the highest ethical standards at all times in respect of the relationships and dealings that Bloomsbury has with other third parties. Bloomsbury at www.bloomsbury-ir.co.uk publishes:
    • Whistleblower procedures, which it publishes to enable employees, other categories of workers and third parties to have their concerns confidentially addressed; and
    • Ethical behaviour Group policies such as for anti-bribery and corruption, dealing in Bloomsbury shares and anti-slavery and human trafficking. Compliance with these policies is an employment term with Bloomsbury.
  • Employee development: Bloomsbury is acquisitive and has benefited from an intake of high calibre entrepreneurs who support the Group's capacity to innovate. The Group develops its management structure to serve the changing needs of the business. This creates opportunities for suitably high calibre individuals to progress to increasing levels of seniority as they gain capabilities and expertise. External recruitment is supported by territorial Human Resources functions, enabling vacancies across sites worldwide to be filled internally where employees of an appropriately high calibre seek new opportunities.
  • Performance and merit: senior employees agree personal objectives and are rewarded based on performance determined by business results and appraisals. Senior managers are accountable for the performance of their teams and determine the most appropriate approach to performance management for each team. Promotions and external recruitment are based on merit and ensure that the most suitable person is selected for each position.
  • Employee participation: the Group offers UK employees the opportunity to participate in an all employee HM Revenue & Customs approved Sharesave scheme to encourage employee participation in the performance and growth of the Group. High performing senior managers may also be eligible to participate in the Company's Long Term Incentive Plan.
  • Flexible working: we encourage family-friendly working practices such as flexible working hours and recognise that experienced employees returning to work following maternity, paternity or other career breaks are an asset.
  • Equality of opportunity: Bloomsbury has a diverse workforce and follows a policy that no employee or other person receives more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, colour, race and ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability or age. This extends to any person known to be HIV positive. The Human Resources function monitors compliance with the policy and with applicable legislative requirements to ensure the equality of opportunity in the recruitment, selection and promotion of employees. Grievance and disciplinary procedures protect employees from discriminatory behaviours and attitudes.
  • Disabled persons: Group policy is to offer equal treatment in respect of the recruitment, training, career development and promotion of disabled persons. Should people become disabled during the course of their employment, the Group will seek to retain their services and to provide retraining where necessary.
  • Human rights: Bloomsbury is committed to meeting its responsibility to respect human rights. The regional Human Resources managers monitor for human rights issues and ensure any remedial action that is needed is taken promptly. Bloomsbury is committed to complying with employment and other legislation applicable to the locations in which it employs people, ensuring the human rights of individuals are protected.