Tags: Female employees

How can employers remove the glass ceiling for women?

Employers might need to address gender equality in the workplace issues after the extent to which the glass ceiling prevents women from moving up was revealed. MPs in Scotland were told teaching, the legal sector and the police force are among the areas where women find it hard to break into the most senior roles.…

Female engineering undergraduates urged never to apologise for being ambitious

A huge turnout of career-minded undergraduate women attending the annual Engineer your future event last Friday were urged to be super-confident and never to apologise for being clever, ambitious or driven. The Keynote was given by Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, who has 35 years’ experience in construction and engineering, and she inspired the audience to…

Companies with female directors perform better

Researchers have claimed that organisation that have women on their board consistently outperform those which only have male directors. This suggests that there is a strong business case for gender diversity in the boardroom. The Credit Suisse Research Institute measured the share price performance of 2,360 companies globally over the past six years and concluded…

Maggie Berry: How can HR departments promote gender equality in the boardroom?

HR departments could have a big role to play in encouraging boards to select new members based on merit rather than replicating existing board members. The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently published the results of its first in-depth study into the recruitment of non-executive directors by headhunters. One of the key findings of the…

GMI figures show slow progress to gender diversity in the boardroom

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, companies across the globe are today still struggling to improve gender diversity at their top levels. The annual GMI Ratings 2012 Women on Boards survey, published today, has revealed that 10.5 per cent of boardroom seats worldwide are currently occupied by women, an increase of 0.7 percentage points…

Gender pay disparity tops 22 per cent in Europe

The gender pay gap for female executives is extensive across Western Europe, according to research from Mercer. In some countries base salary for women is 22 per cent lower than their male peers. This figure increases further when other elements such as bonuses are included. In the UK the average executive wage for men is…

Google initiative aims to improve diversity from below

The best way to improve gender diversity in the workplace is from below rather than fighting representation at top levels, according to Google’s head of diversity and inclusion for the EMEA region. Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe told People Management that he believed the debate around female representation in the boardrooms of top businesses is a ‘red herring’…

Workplace cultures still need to be addressed to enable women to flourish

A year on from the publication of the Lord Davies report on women on boards, firms have made a conscious effort to increase the number of senior women. So far, however, there is still a way to go to achieve the aim of 25% women board members by 2015. Board Watch recently reported that the…

Maggie Berry: Women in work still stuck under glass ceilings

Employers are failing to make significant progress in removing the glass ceiling. That’s according to Maggie Berry, Managing Director of Women in Technology, a jobs board and recruiter dedicated to increasing the number of women in the technology industry. The Future Foundation along with Friends Life has released a report entitled ‘Working Women’. The fifth…