International Women’s Day
In the UK it is believed that women have the same rights as men in terms of job availability, the same access to education, and the freedom to follow the career paths they desire. It is, however, evidenced that there are still many occupations which remain male-dominant. For example, within the transportation and warehousing industry, females account for only 17.7% of the workforce.
This is an issue as gender diversity within the workplace has been shown to have numerous benefits to businesses, such as increased employee loyalty, workplace satisfaction and increased creativity. A study from McKinsey & Company found that for each 10-percent boost in gender diversity, companies across industries realised a profit increase of 2 to 4 percent.
What can we do?
It has been suggested that such gender inequalities occur due to the existence of an implicit bias, which impacts the number of successful applicants for job roles. As many of the positions we fill are within this business sector, Industrial Personnel actively aim to reduce this bias, and work as an equal opportunity’s recruitment service.
We are actively working to remove words which carry gender bias from within our job advertisements, as a study conducted by Total Jobs found that gender-coded words were rife within UK job adverts and are serving to unintentionally uphold gender-stereotypes. This is because females are less likely to apply for roles which utilise male-gendered words, and vice versa.
Similarly, in order to aid the underrepresentation of females in industrial roles, we aim to utilise images of both male and female workers when advertising for roles. We are also seeking testimonials from our female workforce, to provide a more diverse representation than what may be currently available in mainstream media.
If you are a female looking for a sign to bite the bullet and apply for that ‘male dominant’ job- this is it!
As a female worker considering a job in a warehouse, or a similar role, you would be forgiven for thinking that you will be one lone woman in a workforce dominated by men, but the truth is, with female empowerment and gender equality in the workplace being a hot topic in recent years, many former male oriented industries are seeing a steady rise in female applicants and successful placements.
“Although working in a warehouse has traditionally been a male-dominated occupation, things have changed. These days, more and more women are entering this profession and seeing great success. Many are even finding themselves in satisfying, long-term careers.” – SelecSource
The Implicit Bias
If you would like to learn more about the implicit bias, you can take the implicit bias test at https://implicit.harvard.edu. Taking this test can help people identify and understand their biases so that they can work to compensate for them.
If you’re interested in finding about more about any of the subjects touched on in this blog, there is plenty of further reading material online. We have attached a few links to some of the articles mentioned below;
How to avoid Gender Bias in Job Ads
4 tips for women working in a male dominated industry. (bluearrow.co.uk)
3 Tips For Women Looking for Warehouse Employment – SelecSource
If you’re a woman currently working within a male dominant industry we’d love to hear about your experiences!
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