We are pleased to announce that Acorn Recruitment are the partner sponsor at this year’s Womenspire Awards!
We spoke to Head of Marketing – Sarah Jones, about the organisation and what it means to them to be part of Womenspire18!

Q1. Tell us about your organisation

Acorn is a leading multi-specialist recruiter and has had a strong presence in Wales since we launched our first Newport branch in 1992. Now 26 years later, we’re in the top 1% of UK leading recruiters and proud to be the foremost in Wales, with some 40 branches across the UK and in Australia.

At peak, we place some 6,500 people into the workplace every week, and fill around 1,700 permanent roles annually. Our specialist recruiters work across a number of industries to provide award-winning recruitment support for permanent, temporary and contract roles, at all levels from junior to board level. We work in sectors such as accountancy & finance, commercial & office support, IT & digital, legal, construction, mechanical & electrical, technical & engineering, manufacturing, nursing & healthcare, energy and life sciences.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards?

The Womenspire Awards provide recognition for the brilliant work of female role models across Wales. As a leading recruiter, we understand the positive impact gender equality can have on a business, and so we’re thrilled to be able to support the 2018 awards in increasing awareness of gender equality within the workplace.

From our own point of view, we’re very aware of the current skills challenges in recruiting women for traditionally male-dominated sectors, particularly in areas such as IT and digital, and construction and engineering, which is something we’re working hard to address.

Our construction specialists in particular are focusing heavily on gender equality within the construction, mechanical and engineering industries by partnering with homelessness charity The Wallich; working on a series of ‘Women in Construction’ events to help address the gap.

Q3. Why does gender equality matter to you?

The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, close to one third of your life. Given that women represent 50% of our workforce, gender equality isn’t just a nice-to-have – it’s a necessity.

Although as a country we’re making more and more progress in this area, the battle isn’t over – women continue to face obstacles, and as the recent gender pay gap results have showed, there’s a lot more work to be done.

Gender equality is crucial – and purely from a business point of view, it makes sense. It’s well known that gender-diverse companies perform better and are almost 15% more likely to out-perform than companies rated in the bottom quartile for diversity.

Workplace equality is also proven to reduce the costs of turnover, by achieving higher employee retention, and increase overall business performance.

It’s also important to remember that gender equality is an ‘everyone’ issue within the workplace -meaning that everyone should have access to the same advantages.

Q4. Why do you support the work of Chwarae Teg?

When it comes to raising awareness of gender equality issues, Chwarae Teg are leading from the front and making a real, positive impact in Wales.

There’s a lot of discussion around diversity and equality, particularly at the moment, but it can be difficult for businesses to fully understand what actual actions they can take to have an impact. This is where Chwarae Teg are really making a difference – support such as their Manifesto and Gameplan have given Welsh businesses and government real, tangible ideas and actions they can take to really move forward in terms of gender equality.

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