In 2020, together, we showed resilience and agility. We know the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our people in different ways, and we have renewed our efforts to form new ways of working, challenge biases and resist stereotypes. We have been listening to our people, delivering to our clients in new ways and evolving our operating model. By harnessing remote and agile working to create more flexibility and opportunities for our people, we are also increasing access to our industry and enabling greater gender parity in caring responsibilities and working patterns.
The wellbeing of our people is of paramount importance, and we recognise the challenges we are still facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even in these demanding times, 44% of our promotions to Vice President in the UK were female in 2020, and we were delighted to be named as a Times Top 50 Employer for the fourth year running and Best Tech Employer at the Women in Tech Employer Awards 2020 alongside other industry awards.
The past year has shown improvement in our gender balance; we are proud to say it has progressed. We know that the proportion of women at our senior grades has the biggest impact on the hourly pay gap: we have seen an increased proportion of women in our upper pay quartile. We have more to do, and are committed to continued efforts for change.