Blue chip companies 'avoided by woman'

10-04-2008

Blue chip companies 'avoided by woman'
Female workers tend to avoid working for blue chip companies, one expert has said.

According to Mike Hill, chief executive of Graduate Prospects, women leaving university tend not to go for jobs in the City with big companies.

There are many reasons for this, he explained.

"Blue chip companies are often very male-dominated environments and they also do very male-dominated types of jobs," he said.

Mr Hill noted that females make up over half the people that graduate each year from university, but they are more likely to opt for jobs in healthcare.

Roles such as nurses, radiologists, physiotherapists and teaching usually attract a high percentage of women, he added.

Meanwhile, research from the Trades Union Congress released last week showed that men are more likely to take up an apprenticeship.

In 2006-07 1.3 per cent of construction apprentices were women and 1.4 per cent of vehicle maintenance apprenticeships were taken up by females.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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