With men continuing to dominate the highest paid roles and working in higher paid sectors, improving gender equality is not only the right thing to do – it makes business sense. The REC, its members, employers and government have a leading role in driving this change. Our new report Increasing opportunity, supporting growth: the role of good recruitment in gender diversity is a how-to guide on embracing best practice and promoting gender equality in the workplace.
Recruiters are in a unique position to help eradicate the gender gap in employment. Good recruitment is the foundation upon which fair and gender-balanced organisations are built. The industry has the power to make a difference that will help grow business and the UK economy as a whole. In fact, it has been estimated that if the country’s gender gap were to be closed, this could potentially generate an additional £150 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.*
[*McKinsey Global Institute (2016), The Power of parity: advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom]