Women in recruitment: Breaking down the barriers

April 26, 2018eps_admin

Women are still largely under-represented in many sectors and whilst the situation is slowly improving, there are still things that can be done to speed up this process. It is often assumed that women with family commitment require flexible work with low pressure but is this really the case? It is most certainly an assumption that should not be made.

In many cases is it fair to say that there is simply a lack of career progression and opportunities for women in certain sectors. Together with the highly reported pay gap between male and female counterparts there are still barriers in place for women that need to be broken down.

The Enhanced Code of Conduct for Recruiters was signed by 70 large recruitment firms in 2014, with the aim of getting more women onto FTSE 350 boards. This is a significant step but has it had any impact?

There was evidence that, in the first year after the Code of Conduct was signed, there was a slight increase in women on FTSE 350 boards. However, more recently, this has dramatically slowed down.

As of July 2017, 262 FTSE 350 Companies, have no women at all on their boards. Of the 791 directors within FTSE 350 companies, only 65 (or less than 10%) were women.

As of April 2017, companies with more than 250 employees must calculate and supply their pay gap. The comparison tables are expected to be released in 2018 and with the Gender pay gap currently at 19.1% for all employees it will be interesting to see if this figure changes significantly.

So how can recruitment agencies help the situation?

The best way for recruitment agencies to help is to set an example! In terms of your own recruitment, dispel assumptions and where the candidate is right for the role, male or female, employ them when previously they may have been discounted for a similar role.

Put processes in place to allow for career progression and support and do not judge employment gaps. Women should not be disregarded for starting a family and encourage your clients to think the same.

Whilst we are making strides, we clearly still have a long way to go in breaking down the barriers that women in employment face every single day.

At Easypay, 2 out of 3 of our Directors are female. Our founder and Managing Director, is a woman, as is our Finance Director.75% of our management team are female.57% of our staff are female and are represented favourably in every department throughout the business.

Do you share our support for women in the workplace? If you would like to know more about Easypay and the pedigree of our management team, visit our website at www.easypayservices.co.uk or call our Customer Care Manager, Shelagh Ward, on 01943 882104 for a no obligation chat.