Women in Financial Services Blog

The following are a selection of news and thought leadership articles created for our Members and shared here for all:

Pregnancy would “change womens career plans”

Tina.Freed / 07 Sep 2015

Pregnancy would “change womens career plans”

More than half of women in the UK planning to have children feel they would have to alter their career plans in order to have a child, according to a study led by YouGov. The main reason given by those who are likely to alter their career was emphatically given...

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Flexible Working in the Corporate Finance World

Tina.Freed / 03 Sep 2015

Flexible Working in the Corporate Finance World

The financial services sector is a people industry, where talent is the most important resource. However, the industry is wasteful in its approach to the talent pool, drawing a majority of its executive and board members from a very small area of the population. A study by the National Council...

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F.E.A.R

Tina.Freed / 03 Sep 2015

F.E.A.R

A couple of questions for you… 1. Are you a Mum with children at school? 2. Do you have experience in the financial markets but have been out of work for a few years? 3. Do you feel the urge to reengage your numeric / social skills again without sacrificing family time? 4. Would you...

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Don’t Fight Flexible Work – It’s productive and it’s here to stay

Tina.Freed / 27 Aug 2015

Don’t Fight Flexible Work – It’s productive and it’s here to stay

For flexible working to be successful, company leaders need to adopt a “Can-Do” attitude to how and when work is done. If businesses want to move forward with the modern way of thinking, they need to let go of old habits and not be fearful. Flexible working can benefit them,...

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Mind the Gender Pay Gap

Tina.Freed / 27 Aug 2015

Mind the Gender Pay Gap

In the UK, women are on average paid less than men. The current pay gap between men’s pay and women’s pay is 19.1%, which means for every £1 a man earns, a woman earns 81p. New regulations under Section 78 of the Equality Act will require employers with more than 250 employees...

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Flexible financial senior roles are the key to unlocking our workforces hidden talent

Tina.Freed / 24 Aug 2015

Flexible financial senior roles are the key to unlocking our workforces hidden talent

Traditionally, flexibility, finance and seniority rarely go hand in hand, but the world of work is changing as companies begin to see the value in non-traditional roles. We are in the midst of a model shift in working practices: over a quarter of the UK’s total workforce is now...

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Tips on Getting Back to Work after a career break

Tina.Freed / 21 Aug 2015

Tips on Getting Back to Work after a career break

Katerina and Julianne, Co-founders of Women Returners, have been supporting women to return to work that works for them for the past ten years. These are the Top 10 tips they have distilled from their experience: Make sure you are ready to go back. There’s no point trying to find...

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The Balancing Act: Working While Parenting or Parenting While Working?

Tina.Freed / 20 Aug 2015

The Balancing Act: Working While Parenting or Parenting While Working?

In a recent article published on LinkedIn, Erika Irish Brown, Bloomberg’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, speaks about the growing trend in flexible working. With last week’s announcement that their employees will be offered unlimited maternity and paternity leave, Netflix became the latest company to address parents’...

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Career Break – Back to Work in the Financial Industry

Tina.Freed / 20 Aug 2015

Career Break – Back to Work in the Financial Industry

Recent statistics from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) show that there are lots of women who would like to go back to work after a career break, however, are finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things. TUC’s analysis also shows that, although unemployment has fallen...

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What is being done by financial companies on women returning to work from maternity leave?

Tina.Freed / 18 Aug 2015

What is being done by financial companies on women returning to work from maternity leave?

In 2015 research shows the proportion of women in global financial services in senior management roles fell below 25% according to Grant Thornton’s Women in Business report (which covers 35 countries, including emerging markets and 155 companies within the finance services sector). In 2014 this was 29%, this highlights a 4% drop year on year. “The...

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Flexible Working Research

Tina.Freed / 18 Aug 2015

Flexible Working Research

Introduction The world today is a very different place from just 10 years ago, when the typical workplace filled up at nine in the morning and emptied at 5.30pm like clockwork. As the demands and expectations of our 24/7 consumer culture grow, the UK is moving towards a fully flexible future, with...

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City Firm Champions Sociable Hours

Tina.Freed / 18 Aug 2015

City Firm Champions Sociable Hours

In an interview with 2to3days, our CEO Tina Freed tells us why she started the financial services company, with a business model completely based on flexibility and the recognition of a need for a more balanced lifestyle.     E2W is a global success story that challenges the...

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More women in finance could make banks work better, says IMF’s Lagarde

Tina.Freed / 21 Jul 2015

More women in finance could make banks work better, says IMF’s Lagarde

In an article taken from the Telegraph, Christine Lagarde speaks about how more women in finance could make banks work better. Greater female representation in the banking industry and extending financial inclusion could make finance work better, and for more people More women at the top of the world’s...

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Why Im helping women get back to work

Tina.Freed / 21 Jul 2015

Why Im helping women get back to work

In an article in the Telegraph, Louisa Symington-Mills discusses the challenges faced by women who want to return to work. Last week, chancellor George Osborne announced measures to help stay-at-home mums back into jobs. Louisa Symington-Mills – who’s just established a new community for women returners – explains the challenges facing...

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Women in the City

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

Women in the City

Promotes, recognises and rewards female talent Founded in 2003, Women in the City is a dynamic, highly respected, award-winning organisation that promotes, recognises and rewards female talent. Women in the City’s Aims Empower, inspire and motivate professional businesswomen Acknowledge their success to date Celebrate their leadership skills Increase each woman...

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2to3days.com

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

2to3days.com

2to3days.com is a private online community that connects employers with highly-capable women who want to combine stimulating part-time work with raising their children. More and more women are asserting their fundamental right both to be mothers and to fulfill their potential at work. For many, that means seeking...

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Opportunity Now

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

Opportunity Now

Opportunity Now is the campaign on gender diversity from Business in the Community. Opportunity Now aims to increase women’s success at work, because it’s not only good for business but good for society too. Opportunity Now empowers employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace. We work...

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Making Flexible Working Work for You

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

Making Flexible Working Work for You

New research from Ernst & Young reveals that 8.7 million people in the UK want flexible working, while 82 per cent of managers believe that flexible working benefits their business. Survey after survey shows that a good work/life balance is now more important than pay for increasing numbers of candidates and...

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E2W celebrates the launch of its Professional Services

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

E2W celebrates the launch of its Professional Services

E2W are delighted to announce the launch of our Professional Services. Since 2000, E2W has been delivering Sales, Marketing and Research Services from offices in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, helping financial services and technology firms reduce their cost of sale, enter new markets armed with real information, and...

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Women Returners

Tina.Freed / 16 Jul 2015

Women Returners

Women Returners is a coaching, consulting and network organisation which specialises in enabling the return to work of professional women after an extended (longer than maternity) career break. We work with organisations through Women Returners for Business and support individuals through the Women Returners Professional Network

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