Tags: Gender

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…

Gender does not determine career success, reveals new report

The path to a successful career is not determined by an individual’s gender; hard work, determination and commitment are the contributing factors. That’s according to a snapshot survey of managers carried out by specialist recruitment consultancy Lothbury. Lothbury conducted an anonymous survey of 120 recruitment professionals in response to a recent survey by Marie Claire…

Maggie Berry: Is HR doing enough to support women in the workplace?

I was recently involved in conducting a survey, in association with Intellect, which revealed that women feel they are receiving less support from HR departments than from line managers and colleagues. The survey found that when asked to rate the support they received as a female employee, respondents saw HR departments as the least supportive…

EU may tackle gender inequality on its own

“If Corporate UK fails to act on its own volition to improve gender equality, legislation is likely to take the matter out of its hands. This could include legislation from Brussels, with stringent penalties for those businesses that fall short,” warned Dawn Nicholson, HR consultant at PwC, speaking at a PwC conference on workplace diversity,…

Council worker win six figure sum in sexual discrimination case

A City worker who was sacked whilst undergoing treatment for cancer has agreed agreed a six figure out of court settlement with Stoke-on-Trent City council after suing for libel and sex discrimination. Jeanette McGarry, who worked for the council between June 2009 and April 2010, brought two lawsuits against the authority as she claimed the…

Positive discrimination will have negative results on recruitment

Over half of senior executive headhunters disagree with Lord Davies recent proposal to discriminate positively towards women in the boardroom. New research from InterExec has revealed that 65% of headhunters disagree with Lord Davies’ report on diversity – the report which called for action to encourage women onto boards. InterExec found that 89% of those…

DHL employee wins MAN everywoman Team of the Year award

The UK’s leaders in supply chain and logistics have jointly awarded Debbie Palmer, a General Manager at DHL Supply Chain, the MAN everywoman Team of the Year award. The accolade is traditionally awarded to a female manager leading a team which excels in its contribution to the company’s success. The MAN everywoman awards were launched…

UK head-hunters to focus on gender diversity

In an attempt to counter accusations that they are hindering the entry of women into board level positions, British headhunters are designing a code of conduct ensuring that female candidates are presented to clients on every long list. The move follows Lord Davies’ review into women in the boardroom, which recommended that UK listed companies…

New consultation to increase diversity in the boardroom

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has launched a consultation on whether the UK Corporate Governance Code should be revised to require listed companies to publish their policy on gender diversity in the boardroom and report against it annually. This was a recommendation in Lord Davies’ report, ‘Women on Boards’, which was published in February. Views…

Susan Evans: When does banter become sexism

Most of us will have heard reported the recent dismissals of the Sky Sports presenters, Andy Gray and Richard Keys, for berating a lineswoman during a recent football match. This case has highlighted the legal and ethical issues concerning so-called banter in the work place. The presenters disagreed with the lineswoman’s decision and commented about…

The European Court of Justice has today struck down European legislation which permitted insurers to price risk by reference to data that distinguishes specifically between men and women. Michael Wainwright, partner at international law firm Eversheds comments: “This ruling seems to put European insurers at a disadvantage to other insurers, who will not be required…

Gender quota wanted to break glass ceiling

Nearly three-quarters of female managers say they still face gender prejudice that prevents them achieving promotion, suggest a new report by the Institute of Leadership Management. In the survey of 3,000 managers one in three women claimed that their gender had hindered their career profession, rising to almost half among over 45-year-olds. Half of female…