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Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

Mark.Freed / 02 Jan 2020

Fair warning, it’s a bit of a rant in places. But I think it needs to be. Here are my hopes for 2020.

It’s now 1:30 in the morning. I am not often up this late, but when I am, it’s usually because I’m partying with my wife, Tina. Tonight is different, though. Something is keeping me awake, which is rare. I have a task in the...

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Is the tide starting to turn?

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

Is the tide starting to turn?

Is the tide starting to turn? I’m sure most people reading this blog post have heard about (and maybe even taken part in) the criticism of the recent Peloton ad. It’s quite something for a company that makes exercise bikes to have produced a short video...

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One step forward, one step back.

Mark.Freed / 16 Dec 2019

One step forward, one step back.

One step forward, one step back I’m really not sure how to react to the recent news coming out of TSB. Their leadership team is having its bonuses cut for failing to hit its own gender balance goals for senior roles. That’s a positive sign that...

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Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Mark.Freed / 10 Dec 2019

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution

Need to improve your gender balance? Here’s an instant solution Lots of research and analysis has focused on gender diversity. A recent Harvard Business Review article, for example, goes in to some detail about how to recruit more women to your company. It starts by citing LinkedIn research...

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Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Katie.Dix / 10 Dec 2019

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity

Taking diversity seriously: gender identity While the gender balance at all levels of an organisation is an important, and measurable, element of a company’s diversity policy, it is by no means the only one. Creating an inclusive environment is also significant if you want to help everyone work...

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Dave vs women

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

Dave vs women

Good news for Davids. Bad news for women. I saw a great statistic from Morning Star, a couple of weeks ago where they had run an analysis on UK-listed open-ended funds to explore the gender balance. I doubt you’ll need me to tell you that women were...

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The challenge of taking a break

Mark.Freed / 04 Dec 2019

The challenge of taking a break

One of the most important things in fund management, from a manager’s perspective at least, is their investment record. Analysts, and many investors, like to see long fund tenures without interruptions, but this works against anyone who takes a career break. For many years, this would have mainly...

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Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Katie.Dix / 03 Dec 2019

Janus Henderson is proud to launch a new Returner Programme for 2020

Location: London Start date: March 2020 Programme: 8 month returner programme Applications open: Monday 2nd December 2019 Applications close: Friday 3rd January 2020 We are delighted to see our partners Janus Henderson launching their Returner Programme, another demonstration of the commitment our clients have made to diversity and support women to continue and...

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A hard road to the top

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

A hard road to the top

I was very interested to read an article in Bloomberg earlier this month about women deserting trading floors as they are blocked from the path to management. It seems that for all the enthusiasm that financial companies show about bringing more women into their workforce, there is significantly less desire...

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Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Mark.Freed / 27 Nov 2019

Latest FCA research: Opportunities still limited for female senior managers

Latest FCA research: Little change at the top Recently published research by the FCA paints a sorry picture for women at senior levels in the financial services industry. If you wanted to be generous (though why would you?), there would be a temptation to highlight the rapid growth in the...

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E2W Round Table event with Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight at the FCA

Mark.Freed / 18 Nov 2019

E2W Round Table event with Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight at the FCA

On the 12th November an amazing group of industry leaders in Recruitment, HR and D&I from leading CIB’s and Asset Managers, got together with business leaders and Julia Hoggett, Head of Market Oversight and Kevin Trainor Head of Resourcing & Talent from the FCA, to...

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E2W Member Elena Vydrine, Sustainable Investing: Do income inequality and pay gaps really matter?

Katie.Dix / 18 Nov 2019

E2W Member Elena Vydrine, Sustainable Investing: Do income inequality and pay gaps really matter?

Man Group are kindly hosting an E2W event on the 2nd of December around the theme of Resposible Investing. Elena Vydrine, a member of E2W, will be publishing a series of blogs in the run up to the event on the topic of ESG....

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Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

Why are we taking a bottom up approach to diversity when the problem is at the top?

This week I have met a number of people, separately, from a major investment bank here in London. I shall not name the bank as most readers will recognise the problem at their own banks. The bank’s gender pay gap report statistics are not dissimilar to...

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FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

Mark.Freed / 13 Nov 2019

FCA Report: “Financial Services – senior jobs are still mostly for the boys”

As we are preparing for our round table with Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA, we were interested to read a new report from the FCA.  “Despite businesses facing ever greater scrutiny and criticism over gender diversity – with few industries more in the spotlight...

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Investec launch their Return to Work Programme

Katie.Dix / 04 Nov 2019

Investec launch their Return to Work Programme

We are delighted to see that Investec have launched a market leading return to Work Programme.   Not all careers in financial services are the same: It is possible to combine professional success with the entrepreneurial spirit and genuine relationships that bring an organisation to life. The answer lies in...

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Standard Life Aberdeen - Parental Leave

Mark.Freed / 30 Oct 2019

Standard Life Aberdeen - Parental Leave

Congratulaitons to Standard Life Aberdeen Congratulations and big well done to Standard Life Aberdeen who this week announced a new, market-leading parent leave policy that sets a new precedent across businesses in the UK. From 1 January 2020, all employees in the UK welcoming a child into their family will be...

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Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

Mark.Freed / 29 Oct 2019

Time to get serious: If diversity is a business imperative, treat it like one!

The Diversity Project and PWC have recently issued a new report “Diversity and inclusion in investment management” The report gives gender pay reporting praise for bringing the lack of diversity within the industry into sharp focus and added weight to the voices calling for faster change. ...

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Sharing your frustrations and challenges

Mark.Freed / 16 Oct 2019

Sharing your frustrations and challenges

We get many emails from members of our community sharing their frustrations and challenges.   We received this one this week following up on some work I had done to call out some bad practice at a bank. Do you feel like this? Does it highlight the challenges faced by...

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This week our recruitment team have helped three of our members secure offers

Katie.Dix / 24 Jul 2019

This week our recruitment team have helped three of our members secure offers

So let's celebrate! This week our recruitment team have helped three of our members secure offers for new roles. In doing so they have helped two clients find and recruit the ‘best person for the job’ and also help their firm become more successful by becoming...

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A lack of female talent OR poor recruitment practices?

Mark.Freed / 15 Jul 2019

A lack of female talent OR  poor recruitment practices?

I’ve heard a lot of senior bankers recently saying that we will not get more women at the top in financial services by firms recruiting each other’s women.  When you look at the backgrounds of the people saying this, most of them got to the...

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