GAAPweb, the UK’s #1 job site for accountancy & finance professionals, are among more than 200 firms, who’ve pledged to improve gender diversity at senior levels by signing up to the Women in Finance Charter.
GAAPweb currently have 50% gender diversity within the senior management team of Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment (legal entity of GAAPweb). A key target for the team is to promote charter membership to our Banking & Financial Services clients who use GAAPweb to recruit their own senior finance teams.
We’re seeing encouraging evidence from our annual audience insight survey that positive shifts are being made.
In our 2017 report, we saw YoY growth in the percentage of women holding senior finance positions. With 24% of Finance Directors who participated in our annual audience insight survey were female – a 16% jump on 2016’s results.
There was a 50:50 male and female split among Management Accountants and Part-Qualified Accountants, which would indicate the first steps in a more gender-balanced future for finance.
45 new firms have now signed the Women in Finance Charter, bringing the total number of Charter signatories to 205, meaning that the Charter now covers over 650,000 financial services employees in the UK.
Among the new signatories are major financial services firms such as Goldman Sachs International, UBS, Visa, AON, Bank of Ireland plc and BNP Paribas London CIB.
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money and the government’s Women in Finance Champion said:
“Estimates suggest that increased female participation in the labour market and women moving into higher-paid and skilled jobs could increase UK GDP by around 10% and the financial services sector needs to play its part.
Achieving a balanced workforce at all levels and offering fairness and equality of opportunity for both men and women will not only close the gender pay gap over time, it is an economic necessity if we are to drive innovation, power productivity and continue to compete on a global stage.