New jobs network set to challenge gender bias in UK workplaces

Original Article: realwire | June 28, 2018

Work180 brings new level of transparency to UK recruitment

London 28 June 2018 - A new jobs network is launching in the UK which is set to raise the bar for working women.

Work180 - which has already established new standards for gender recruitment in Australia – connects employers with female talent through a unique, transparent pre-screening process.

Women are able to review companies’ traditionally private policies and make educated decisions before applying to work at the company.

Work180 assesses employers on a range of criteria from the likes of pay equality; flexible working; paid parental leave; and equal opportunities through to the availability of a breastfeeding room, mentoring schemes or a domestic violence support policy.

As the findings are made public, not only are employers better placed against the competition to attract, retain and benefit from a gender diverse workforce but standards are raised across the industry as companies seek to match or exceed each other with their benefit packages.

Gemma Lloyd, co-founder and CEO, Work180 says, “Despite best intentions, many companies still struggle to attract and retain women. This has to change.

“Work180’s philosophy is that instead of the onus being on a candidate to prove their worth to a potential employer, the companies themselves should be more transparent so that job-seekers know what sort of firm they are dealing with in the first place.

“Should the company find that it is falling short against its peers, appropriate action can be taken – such as the implementation of new female-friendly initiatives – so that they can avoid losing talented workers to the competition.

“Having seen how well the Work180 model works in Australia we’re excited to replicate this success to the UK.”

Work180 has already signed up high calibre blue-chip companies in the UK including Aggregate Industries, BAE Systems, HSBC, Microsoft, Schneider Electric and Schroders.

WORK180 is an international jobs network that connects smart businesses with the very best female talent. WORK180 pre-screens every employer on its jobs board, then makes the results public so everyone knows where they stand on pay equity, flexible working, paid parental leave, equal opportunities and a range of other criteria. WORK180 also provides businesses with a gender diversity program to bring them up to speed by reviewing and adjusting workplace policy.

In Australia, WORK180 has experienced a 300% growth, quickly becoming the leading authority on gender equality practices, delivering outstanding results to the largest and most influential companies. They include Qantas, Microsoft, Telstra, National Australia Bank, HSBC, Caltex, University of Technology Sydney, BHP and the New South Wales Government.