Female candidates 'shyer and less aggressive' concerning salary

22-08-2008

Female candidates 'shyer and less aggressive' concerning salary
An industry professional has claimed that women jobseekers are "shyer" and "less aggressive" than their male counterparts when it comes to negotiating their salaries.

The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) also claimed that women getting paid less than men is down to "tradition" and it will take a "long time" before the situation is altered.

However, a snapshot poll by recruitment specialists Perriam and Everett recently found that 98 per cent of businesses claim their best performers are an even mix of men and women.

Tania Hine, president of the BAWE, said: "It is very often that women leave work for a while to have children and they come back and then they have to start somewhere lower down the ladder again."

Figures compiled by the Fawcett Society found that employees in Britain work the longest hours of all those in developed nations, with men working longer days than women on average.

"More and more, it's employee relationships that are becoming the issue," says ClickAJob Marketing Manager Anders Jensen.

"And with the continuing talent shortage, employers are going to find that women are deserving of far more consideration than they might have had previously."

"Never mind how shy they are, it’s hard not to take notice of skilled and experienced mothers returning to the workplace if other applicants are few and far between," he says.

"As employers come to realise their worth, female salaries must start being more competitive," he continues.

"Yawning gaps in the staff roster will make it inevitable."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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