The social and economic benefits of including more women in the workforce are clear – and yet women are still falling behind men when it comes to economic participation.

More 65 years ago, ManpowerGroup was one of the first employers in the world to bring women into the workforce. Since then, our commitment to the advancement of women hasn’t faltered.

Inside our organisation, our contemporary approaches to work arrangements means we unleash the productivity and innovation of our people, regardless of demographic. It’s about accepting flexible working, and focussing on work outcomes over time spent in the office.

As a result, nearly 70% of our employees are female, as is over 55% of our managers and 30% of our Board of Directors.

This commitment to gender diversity has been recognised at the highest level. The 2020 Women on Boards campaign and the Women’s Forum of New York have praised ManpowerGroup’s record of gender diversity. And at the World Economic Forum, our Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Talent Mara Swan co-chairs the Global Agenda Council on Gender Parity.

We’re also advocates for the advancement of women within our clients’ organisations. Through the Female Leadership Series, launched by Right Management and Experis in 2014, we bring employers across the UK and Ireland together to share strategies on how to enable women to overcome barriers to success.

It’s all about mobilising an underutilised pool of talent, to become a more agile organisation.