Tags: Female employees

A third of senior executives doubt the value of women in the boardroom

New research from interim management and executive recruitment specialist Executives Online shows that while 71 percent of top executives believe gender diversity in the boardroom is always a good thing, nearly a third (29 percent) of all senior executives doubt its value altogether. James O’Brien, managing director of Executives Online, said: “These figures show that there are…

Ann Pickering: Acting Alpha – The path to true diversity never runs smooth

Having come so far since the mysogynistic offices of Mad Men, one could be forgiven for taking as given that in our modern and liberated society, wages would be equal, women could easily play the dual roles of mum and boss, and businesses would be full of women in senior roles. In fact, the recent…

Oil and Gas Industry recruiting more women and permanent staff than ever before

NES Global Talent, the technical manpower specialist, expects there to be a sharper focus on recruiting women into the oil and gas industry in 2014 as the war for talent continues to intensify. “As we are all acutely aware, despite making up half of the workforce, women have traditionally been underrepresented in the oil and…

Emilie Bennetts: Pregnancy and maternity issues in the workplace

We live in an age where the benefits of increasing representation of women at all levels and across all industries are so uncontroversial as to be regarded self-evident. Concerted efforts to eliminate the “glass ceiling” have seen some success – in October 2013, 19% of FTSE 100 directors were women, up from 17.4% in May…

Figures suggest that women only currently make up 17 per cent of business owners in the UK and are half as likely as their male counterparts to start a new business venture, signifying a need to offer more female entrepreneur role models, says Beatrice Bartlay, entrepreneur. Bartlay, who is founder and managing director of 2B Interface, a…

Over 140 major companies commit to improving gender equality in the workplace

The number of companies signed up to government’s Think, Act, Report campaign has more than doubled in the last year, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller announced today. The Think, Act, Report campaign introduced in September 2011 encourages companies to think about gender equality, take action to promote opportunities in their workplaces and report on what they…

87% of young girls think women are judged on appearance, not ability

Girlguiding’s fifth Girls’ Attitudes Survey provides a unique overview of the state of equality for girls in the UK today. It finds that girls live in a society in which sexual harassment is commonplace, girls’ appearance is intensely scrutinised and their abilities are undermined. It’s a society in which girls and young women feel they…

Parental leave bill is “well-deserved recognition of fathers rights”

Working mums and dads have learnt how the new system of shared parental leave will work for them and their employers, in an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. In February, the government invited views on how the system for shared parental leave and pay should operate. The consultation looked at how the new…

Darren Timmins: Are we really still talking about diversity?

Here at Otravida we believe that diversity helps to breed success. And following the news that Germany is set to implement boardroom gender quotas from 2016, we decided to look at the issue to see if this could provide the solution to the ongoing gender debate. It’s been found that businesses with even one third…

European Union votes in favour of 40% women on boards

Main elements of the draft law: If a publicly listed company in Europe does not have 40% of women among its non-executive board members, the new law will require it to introduce a new selection procedure for board members which gives priority to qualified female candidates. The law places the emphasis firmly on qualification. Nobody will get a job on…

Equal Pay Day asking why women still get paid £5K less than men

Women working full-time still earn almost £5,000 a year less than men, though the pay gap in some jobs is three times bigger, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published to mark Equal Pay Day today (Thursday). Equal Pay Day marks the point at which women working full-time effectively stop earning as they…

Just how much pregnancy & maternity discrimination is there in the workplace?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be undertaking a new comprehensive research project into the scale of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some pregnant women experience discrimination while on maternity leave or on their return to work. However, there is no up to date evidence as the most…

Ben Black: What Are The True Benefits of Being a Family-Friendly Employer?

So what are the true benefits of being a family-friendly employer? It’s a good question. There’s lots of stuff written about being “family-friendly” and about how by being nice to your working mums you will somehow help the bottom line. But is that really true? As usual, hard numbers are difficult to come by but…

CIPD warns business to use top female talent or lose it

A new report by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned that employers will continue to lose entrepreneurial women if they fail to adapt flexible or innovative working practices that Its report, ‘Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs’ states that “urgent action” needs to be taken by the corporate world to stem the leaking talent…

Vast majority of female employees move to part-time and flexible work after maternity leave

The majority (83%) of female employees move into part-time and/or flexible working roles on their return from maternity leave according to new research with UK HR directors published  by leading recruitment specialist Robert Half. This rises to 92% of employees in London and the South East, but falls to 70% in the North and Scotland…