Women leaving recruitment industry before making it to the top

Women are statistically better billers than men in recruitment yet female retention within the industry is significantly lower than male.

That was the news from the Women in Recruitment (WIR) launch in London last week where the organisation aims to address why talented women leave recruitment organisations before they maximise their potential or become eligible for appointment to senior leadership roles.

Inspired by the 2010 Lord Davies Report, Recruitment International's David Head founded Women in Recruitment in September 2011 and in 2013 combined with APSCo.

The Lord Davies Report had discovered that there were only 12.5% of women on the Boards of FTSE 100 Companies. Additionally, a Recruitment International 250 Report in 2013 found that just 11% of women were at Board-level in the top 100 recruitment firms in the UK.

Interestingly, at senior staff level 56% of women make up staffing numbers. Yet at Board-level the figures reduce dramatically to only 23%.

Speaking at the event, Ann Swain CEO at APSCo and WIR Executive Committee Member said the organisation intended to challenge current issues with a "desk top review of existing data, online surveys and telephone interviews" in order to "recommend areas to address and find developmental opportunities".

Also at the launch was Thinkbox CEO and member of WACL (women in advertising and communications London) Lindsey Clay. She advised women who want to succeed to “be clear on your purpose, share the load, be a joiner-inner, use your influence for good and have fun.”

Comments (3)
Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:52am BST
Very interesting article. Would you happen to be able to show the statistics that support the opening claim?
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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 2:50pm BST
Eleanor Martin@ Christine Raynaud, C
Valid point - I couldn't agree more with you Christine.
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 3:42pm BST
Christine Raynaud, C
So true yet a pity. The recruitment industry is ideal for flexible / autonomous work; too many firms impose at desk long working hours discipline when high performing young mothers could continue to do very well with some work time at home or even part time. Too many opt out for this reason before kids get older and they can focus on becoming managers and then leaders.
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