Well what do you know? Back in December 2011 Greg Savage penned a blog post announcing that women were better recruiters than men. He waxed lyrical about how women are better listeners… more resilient… better billers…
I was up in arms… I mean how dare he sell out like that? I was a guy (still am…), he was a guy (still is…). And, yet here was an icon of the recruitment game, firmly pitching his tent in the other camp.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for equality… I believe in equal pay for both sexes (except in Grand Slam Tennis… if you want to know why just ask me…), I believe there should be no barrier career-wise to either sex, (135 words in and I mention sex for the first time in a blog about sex… well not about sex per see, but sexes…). And I definitely believe that discrimination by gender should not be tolerated in any way. It sucks.
To place one sex above the other (no visual intended), doesn’t sit well with me, and I thought that’s what Greg was doing in his post. It was observational, rather than statistical. I felt it was just another example of the sexual revolution gone crazy… like female only gyms, mothers’ clubs and the like. So, in my outrage I left a pointed comment lambasting his outrageous observations. I said words to the effect of… well actually not to the effect of… this is my exact comment reprinted below.
You must have been hard up for a topic this week – generally your posts are insightful, not today. This is utter tosh! I’m pretty sure if you went to any specialist in the Engineering or IT field their top billers would paint a different picture, just as if you focused on Office Support it would skew the other way. Be very careful with your ‘facts’ and I’d be very interested to know what the gender split in your business is overall???’
Which brings me, (in a kinda long-winded fashion) to my point today. He was actually right. So firstly… sorry Greg. I spent the better part of three years trying to disprove your theory, but the stats back up your observations…
We are just winding up our annual recruitment consultant census. It is the second year we have conducted it. Last year we had just over 1100 responses… and this year we have had a little over 800. But it is still open until the end of June, so if you haven’t already, please complete by clicking here
The results, benchmarks & trends to date have been interesting to say the least, but in terms of gender on gender results let me say that the girls have it in all of the key categories…
Longevity – a higher % of females have been in the recruitment industry for more than 3 years. (by 9.36%)
Tenure – a higher % of females have been with their current employer for more than 2 years. (by 2%)
Billings – on average more males bill less than $25k per month than females. (by 14.67%)
Salary – more females are paid a base salary of $60k (or less) than males. (by 7.99%)
There you have it. If you were a recruitment business owner or manager looking to grow your team what would you do?
Simple statistics tell me that guys… you need to lift your game… and girls… congratulations… well played!
We will be releasing some general statistics from our consultant survey, including trends based on last years’ results during July. If you are interested in a set of results specific to your sector/business let me know.
Oh… and a final unapologetic call to arms for recruiters to please complete the census, by clicking the link above… or here.
And… finally… finally, I need to make a stand for the weaker sex here and finish with something we can all enjoy…
‘How can you tell when a woman is going to say something intelligent?
She starts the conversation with… “A man once told me…”
Sorry… that was the cleanest one I could find…