In the lead up to International Women’s Day, SEEK has revealed data on job seekers’ perceptions on gender balance and equal opportunity, and some of the results may surprise.
While women stepping into leadership roles is becoming more commonplace, gender balance and wage parity are still an issue at many companies. Similarly, many job seekers have skewed perceptions when it comes to gender-based equal opportunity.
According to SEEK’s data equal opportunity is of little consequence to the majority of job seekers with only 45 per cent of candidates saying they actively look for companies that take strides towards equal opportunity for women.
Similarly, less than a quarter of women (22 per cent) search for a role that offers gender inclusive initiatives, despite the increase in job seekers seeking greater work-life balance.
Shockingly, 14 per cent of men would not apply for a role if their boss was a woman.
While decreasing/eliminating the pay gap between genders topped the list for gender-based equal opportunity initiatives, this was more appealing to women than men: with 63 per cent of women hoping for equal pay for equal work compared to 37 per cent of men.
Kathleen McCudden, Group HR Director, SEEK comments: “More and more organisations are starting to recognise the importance in having initiatives in place which encourage a diverse workforce. We’ve really started to see the needle shift but there is still a long way to go.
“At SEEK, we are passionate in growing and developing our females in the workforce. One of our many initiatives is FAST – Female At Seek Thrive, which is an internal women in leadership coaching program. The program encourages women to progress into senior roles at SEEK. All FAST participants are partnered with one of our executives for sponsorship, endorsement and targeted education and development.”