“Sumo are committed to undertaking action that will positively impact the gender pay gap and lack of gender diversity in Sumo and the wider games industry. In the last year we have engaged in two major programmes – a schools outreach targeted at 11 – 13 year old pupils and the 30% Club Female Mentoring Scheme. We continue to extend our involvement in both and these will be cornerstones of our work to promote games as an attractive career choice for girls, and to develop and inspire women already working in games to reach their potential into senior and leadership roles.
We are now also proud to offer new mothers/ primary adopters leave of 20 weeks at full pay and 4 weeks’ full pay to those on paternity leave. We have commenced our programme to eliminate unconscious bias from our recruitment and selection process and communications.
Importantly, we are also now collaborating with the wider industry via the UKIE Diversity Pledge and Women In Games and look forward to more events, knowledge sharing and working with other studios to keep gender diversity and inclusion high on the agenda.
Although Sumo’s 2019 gender pay gap has increased slightly from 2018, we are confident that the gender pay gap will begin to reduce when the collective benefits of these actions and those of the wider industry begin to take effect.“