What does the landscape look like for women in recruitment?
Julia Fras, ThinkinCircles' marketing assistant, gives employers several ideas for how they can keep their female workforce in the industry for longer, in honour of International Women's Day.
Narrated by Julia Fras.
Written by Julia Fras.
Brought to you by ThinkinCircles.
The recruitment space has seen a very positive change in recent years with the number of women increasing on the UK Plc board by 13.6% (from just 12.5% in 2011, to 26.1% in 2016, and steadily rising) as more women are occupying roles in the industry. Despite the fact that I am new myself to the recruitment sector, it is clear to me from the women I have seen, met, and worked with in this space that they possess the key qualities that will help them go on to be great leaders. According to a study commissioned by Women in Recruitment and conducted by Westminster Business School, women are better at billing than men. Which makes me wonder, what is holding us ladies back?
The same study found that women are more likely to leave the recruitment industry before they move into senior positions for several reasons, resulting in 77% of board level positions being held by men, despite the fact that women represent 56%of all senior positions within the recruitment industry.
Here are the top 3 reasons that the study uncovered for the reason why recruitment firms are loosing their female talent:
So what can you do to ensure that you retain the female workforce within your business?
In conclusion, I’m not trying to convince you that women are a great and valuable asset in your business — you already know that — but they could be an even greater advantage for your organisation if given the opportunity and support to thrive. By using best practice combined with the tips above, you can provide extraordinary support to the female members of your team. A great example that we’ve recently seen is from one of our clients, APSCo, who has teamed up with ‘The Women In Recruitment’ initiative to pave the way for staffing companies to provide more opportunities for females in their specialism by combining their joint knowledge and experience. This is a fantastic and conscientious step forward that I would like to highlight as we celebrate International Women’s Day!