Today is International Women’s Day and the theme is #PressforProgress.
It’s been all too clear with the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that gender equality and mutual respect are a long way off. In fact, the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings reveal that gender parity is over 200 years away – that’s a long time to wait.
But we do know progress has been made. The gender pay gap is gradually closing and The Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations (GPGR), which came into force last April, have been designed to speed up progress in this area. They require employers with 250 or more employees to publish calculations showing pay gaps in their organisations every year.
In our own recruitment sector, there are initiatives to increase the number of women employed and to retain that talent, such as the Women in Recruitment programme run by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies APSCo.
At 24-7 Staffing, the women (and men!) who work in our team are fantastic and we value every one of them. Many of them are working mums, who do a fabulous job looking after the home and children, as well as working for us. On International Women’s Day we’d like to say thank you to them..
Anniversary of votes for women – what’s changed?
2018 is a significant year, as it marks 100 years since women were give the right to vote. It also shows that we have, indeed, come a long way.
Any career is open to women, and even the more traditional male environments are gradually moving towards gender neutrality. In our driving division, while the majority of our drivers are male we are increasingly seeing women coming into the profession. In fact, the HerGV campaign actively encourages women to train as HGV drivers. With a national shortage of drivers, this is something to be applauded.
Statistics show that more women are working, and more want to work. According to the Office for National Statistics, in its 2017 survey of families and the labour market, the employment rate of mothers in England had increased by 11.8 % to 73.7% between 1996 and 2017. Moreover, 1.1 million (75.2%) inactive or unemployed mothers stated they would definitely or probably return to work in the future.
We need women in our workforce and they want to work. At 24-7 Staffing we are doing our bit for the #PressforProgress campaign by ensuring we find great roles for our women candidates and great candidates (men and women) for our clients.
If you are currently job-hunting, or thinking of a new career or new challenge please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.