Why you should hire more women to your recruitment firm

by Heat Recruitment

It’s International Women’s Day and the perfect time to reflect on equality and inclusion in your recruitment firm. If you’re finding your ratios aren’t quite reflecting the population, it may be time to do more for diversity in your business. Here are just a couple of reasons why hiring women should be a top priority in 2019…

Traits

Women, naturally and scientifically, hold stronger characteristics in areas that are important within recruitment. These include but are not limited to, empathy and communication skills. Empathy is crucial when dealing with a sensitive topic such as work. Candidates will spend the majority of their time in work and it’s really important they enjoy it. Listening to previous experiences, their wants and desires and communicating fluently will allow women to get a better handle of their candidates – which ultimately will benefit your business.

Women are also naturally more nurturing and will help to mould your team closer on projects and initiatives. These soft skills will ultimately aid towards building better relationships with clients and candidates, whilst improving the atmosphere of the business as a whole.

Diversity

 The business benefits of a diverse team are highly beneficial. Not only will it breed creation and innovative ideas, but it will allow for a better understanding of culture and an increased level of empathy within the whole team.

Companies that aren’t hiring fairly are coming under scrutiny – and rightly so. A diverse and varied team of men and women will encourage your next flow of talent, build an effective mentoring system and will ultimately improve relationships and interaction across the business – as areas of expertise or senior positions are not roped off from women. The number of women occupying the top roles in the recruitment sector is still low and this needs to be rectified.

 The job itself is well-suited

Women who may choose to have a family could require the benefit of flexible working to improve work-life balance. The great thing about recruitment is that all it requires for day-to-day work is a computer and a phone. What was traditionally viewed as a ruthless role requiring long office hours, is definitely becoming more liberal as workers understand the value of their work. More often now, recruiters can be trusted to work from home. If this is the case this could fit perfectly with the wants and desires of a working mother – particularly in the early stages of motherhood.

Fixing recruitments bad reputation

In late 2018, recruiters were voted amongst least trusted professionals in the UK. The stereotypical view of the recruitment sector is an all-boys club, working relentlessly to earn as much commission as possible in a competitive environment… it’s no wonder that modern agencies are working tirelessly to shake this typecast. Improving diversity levels and encouraging equality in recruitment is aiding the change in the sector. Introducing more women to the role will help to alleviate the gender stereotypes deep rooted in traditional recruitment – allowing agencies to get across their true dynamic and company culture. 

Let’s build women up

Speaking to Julie Selby of APSCO and Women in Recruitment, she stated that:

“Men and women are just about equal when they join recruitment, so it’s not really seen as an issue.  Most of the issues arise when women start to lose their confidence to succeed (more so than men in general) – they will often leave as a result.”

Recruitment is a team-orientated industry, allowing strong relationships and team partnerships to develop in order to build a really successful business. The room to succeed in recruitment is huge and encouraging women to join the ranks is a perfect way to build women up, see a higher representation in senior positions and bridge the gender pay gap that plagues many male-orientated industries.

 

The benefits of a more diverse workforce are abundant and here at Heat Recruitment we are proud that our representation of females has grown to 34 per cent from 20 per cent in 2017. Despite this, we are aiming for the 50/50 mark. If you’re interested in a career in recruitment and want to work for an equal opportunity’s employer, get in touch with our team.

by Hollie Thomas