In 2013, Landsvirkjun invested approx. 11 thousand hours in the education and training of employees. This is equal to 275 working weeks. One of Landsvirkjun’s main objectives in human resources management is a commitment to the professional development of their employees. Each year, Landsvirkjun invests in a comprehensive range of professional educational and training avenues and in inspiring and reinforcing management in their leadership roles. At the beginning of last year, all management teams were offered extensive management training where the main focus was on ‘change management’. All employees took part in a prevention workshop on bullying and communication in the workplace.
PWC awards Landsvirkjun with the Gold Standard for wage equality
Landsvirkjun’s policy is to secure gender equality and to offer equal opportunities, without discrimination. The results of the 2013 PWC audit showed that the fixed salary rate for women is generally slightly higher than that of men, whereas the overall salary is slightly higher for men. The Gold Standard was awarded to Landsvirkjun as PWC found the gender wage difference at Landsvirkjun to be only 1.6%. The difference is well below the 3.5% requirement set out by PWC, in order to achieve the Gold Standard.
Summer employment for young people
The number of employees at Landsvirkjun doubles during the summer period when approx. 230 young people and university students join our work force for summer employment. There were 780 applications last year and 154 young people between the ages of 16-20 were accepted; 82 young men and 72 young women. They attend to various maintenance and environmental projects for Landsvirkjun’s sites, all over the country.
Out of the successful applicants, 70 were university students; 32 men and 38 women and they also attended to various projects at Landsvirkjun’s sites all over the country. Landsvirkjun seeks to employ talented individuals with a view to the relevant education/experience and to ensure gender equality.
In recent years Landsvirkjun has run an enterprise that goes by the name of “many hands make light work” where they offer their partnership (and summer staff) to any local projects, promoting the development of tourism and environmental issues in the areas involved. There were 28 applications, from all over the country, from NGOs, individuals, sports clubs, government agencies, municipalities and national parks.