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:

More employees are requesting flexible working hours.

Tina.Freed / 15 Sep 2015

More employees are requesting flexible working hours.

More employees are requesting flexible working hours. However, which organisations have the right strategies and processes in place to actually be flexible? Flexible working legislation celebrated its first birthday on the 30th June. However, when it comes to real cultural change around flexibility and work/life balance, how far do...

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Flexible Work is Crucial for our economy

Tina.Freed / 14 Sep 2015

Flexible Work is Crucial for our economy

JAPAN’S economy is in free fall, struggling with a rapidly ageing population, declining productivity, and a low birth rate. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a problem. His fundamental solution is to encourage more Japanese women to work. It’s an old-fashioned society, and the role of looking after children...

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A fifth of mothers are forced to quit their job after flexible working request is rejected, research

Tina.Freed / 11 Sep 2015

A fifth of mothers are forced to quit their job after flexible working request is rejected, research

One in five working mums have been forced to leave their jobs after their request to work flexibly was rejected, according to research. The survey with more than 2,300 working mothers revealed that 38 per cent of respondents still on maternity leave would not return to their jobs if flexible working wasn’...

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A fifth of mothers are forced to quit their job after flexible working request is rejected, research

Tina.Freed / 11 Sep 2015

A fifth of mothers are forced to quit their job after flexible working request is rejected, research

One in five working mums have been forced to leave their jobs after their request to work flexibly was rejected, according to research. The survey with more than 2,300 working mothers revealed that 38 per cent of respondents still on maternity leave would not return to their jobs if flexible working wasn’...

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Employers profit from striking a balance

Tina.Freed / 11 Sep 2015

Employers profit from striking a balance

Britain’s healthiest companies don’t want workers chained to their desks. Taking time out from work improves mental well-being and boosts long-term productivity. It may seem ideal for a company to have staff who never go home or use their holiday entitlement and who want to spend every evening...

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Why businesses in finance must continue talent retention

Tina.Freed / 10 Sep 2015

Why businesses in finance must continue talent retention

Netflix has been making waves with its new parental leave policy, offering unlimited leave for new mothers and fathers in the first year after their child’s birth or adoption. Julie Windsor, Managing Director at Talentia Software UK, discusses why more companies should be following Netflix’s lead and pushing...

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95% of working mums would switch to a job with more flexibility

Tina.Freed / 10 Sep 2015

95% of working mums would switch to a job with more flexibility

A survey of more than 1,000 working mums found almost every one of them would switch jobs if it gave her more flexibility. It found: – 95% of mothers would switch jobs for more flexibility; – Fewer than two thirds of mums who ask for flexible hours get them; – Almost two-thirds of mothers report...

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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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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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