Last year, the UK ranked 23rd on the global gender gap index, placing it far behind other countries in Europe. Gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination unfortunately still exist. Issues in the workplace, particularly around job segregation, the pay gap and caring responsibilities inhibit equality and fair opportunities.

 At Search our priority is to make a positive difference to our clients, candidates and colleagues’ futures. As recruiters we play an integral role in supporting women to find their better future. That’s why, this International Women’s Day 2022, we have taken a closer look at the issues surrounding gender inequality, gathering market insights and expert opinion on a range of topics to help our customers’ drive meaningful change.

We also had the opportunity to speak with inspiring females on their experiences of overcoming adversity and how we can support each other to forge a gender equal world. It’s essential that we continue to work together to #BreakTheBias and build a world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Thought Leadership

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​Gender neutral recruitment processes
  • Women still outnumbered by men 2:1 in positions of authority

  • Language used in job ads can discourage female applicants

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Addressing the gender
pay gap
  • Organisations with over 250 people pay men more

  • Women dominate lower paid sectors (administration, social care)

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Destigmatising shared parental leave
  • Women three times more likely to take a career break

  • Concern of missing out on pay rises and promotions prevent men taking leave

Access our insights and expert opinion


Our inspirational women

At Search, we are inspired by our female talent, clients and candidates. With five out of ten members of our senior leadership being women, we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all.

We took the opportunity to ask some of these inspirational women, what their thoughts are on enabling equality and their tips for overcoming adversity.

Watch their short clips

Discover the latest gender diversity stats

As part of our Skills Shortage Report, we conducted research with 1,000 managers to gather a more accurate picture of gender representation across industry sectors. 54% of managers believe their industry still struggles with a lack of gender diversity.

Find out more on our diversity sector insights page.

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