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International Women’s Day

The 8th of March 2019 marks the 108th International Women’s Day (IWD) since it began back in 1911. In support of International Women’s day we wanted to celebrate the achievements of Women who have risen to high profile roles. Gender equality is certainly having a positive impact on the workplace, but there are still many challenges women face when it comes in their quest to rise to the top!

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD is a day for celebration and reflection to see what changes we can make as individuals to ensure we continue to strive for gender equality.


The focus for the campaign this year is #BalanceforBetter. A campaign that will run all year round in order to emphasise a more gender-balanced world.

The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage…

Gender Equality in the Workplace – The Statistics

  • There are only seven female chief executives in the FTSE 100 companies.
  • In the UK men earn on average 9 per cent more than women
  • If the gender pay gap were to be closed today, women would on average receive a £6,300 annual wage increase (equivalent to £90bn collectively in the UK)
  • In the UK, Men are still twice as likely as women to set up their own business

The statistics show that there is still a long way to go before we see a more gender balanced boardrooms universally across businesses. However HR, along with my own industry of Recruitment, is one of the few sectors to achieve anything close to gender equality. Here at Gibson Hollyhomes, one of our three Directors is a woman and all our Managing Consultants are female! There is no such thing as the gender pay gap here!

We recruit for all Professional Support staff. It was important for us to draw attention to the fact that whilst there have been significant improvements for woman over recent years there is still plenty of progress still to be made.

As a recruitment business, we are 100% committed to present all of our candidates with no bias, discrimination or antiquated societal stereotypes that linger in the corners of the boardrooms.  We would like to work with Clients and Candidates who feel the same.  Most importantly we will always endeavour to educate on the small elements of the commercial world that are still behind the times.  Recruitment is more than just finding people jobs……