More women than men entering profession for first time

by Rachael Singh

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14 Feb 2014

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FOR THE FIRST time more women are registering for professional service firm work than men, according to a specialist recruiter.

Last year 1,209 women registered as candidates compared to 1,177 men from 1 January 2013 to 31 December. This compares to just 47% of women making up the 5,734 in 2012 at Randstad Financial & Professional.

The news follows on from Lloyds Bank recently announcing a target of 40% of its senior staff to be female in the next six years. This compares to the government coming under heavy criticism for having an all-male front bench at PMQs earlier this year.

The latest statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service for 2013/14 said that more women than men are applying with 333,700 of its entrants as female.

Tara Ricks (pictured), managing director of Randstad Financial & Professional, said: "The size of the female talent pool has increased to the extent that, at the application stage at least, women now outnumber men.

"Over the last ten years, there has been a lot of work done to help organisations understand the links between having a diverse organisation, an inclusive work environment and strong business performance."

The government is calling for 25% of all FTSE 100 boards positions to be occupied by women by 2015. 

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