Gender diversity in the workplace: key considerations for employees and employers

Published: 07/10/2015

Gender discrimination at work and retaining top talent in business have becoming key issues for employees in 2015. Creating opportunities and flexibility for your staff raising a family alongside a successful career could set your organisation apart.

A recent survey of over 700 respondents, undertaken by PwC and Birketts, was launched at an event in Newmarket. Representatives from some of the top companies in the Eastern region came along to hear the headlines. Among the highlights, the research reported that nearly half (48%) of respondents believe that people who work flexibly are less likely to progress at the same rate as their peers even if their input is similar. Similarly, 44% of respondents felt that there were few female role models in their organisation.

Jeanette Wheeler, partner and head of Birketts’ employment team, said: “The results of the survey are an interesting insight into the opportunities available in the East of England and give cause for hope. However, while this is good news, in order to move with the evolving demands of the modern workplace in attracting and retaining talent, balanced across the sexes, there is still more to do and the business case for improvement is compelling.”

Given the introduction of gender pay gap reporting next spring, isn’t it time you considered your company’s position? For the full results, download your copy of the survey results

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