We are one of the Best Workplaces for Women 2018!
By Daisy Truman
We have ranked 13th in the Medium category in Best Workplaces for Women 2018, and are one of only 34 organisations to have made the ranking. So we thought that we would share some of the reasons why some of our very own employees love to work for MarketMakers!
As 2018 continues to be a hugely important year for women empowerment and equality, we are very proud and excited to announce that we have ranked in the Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work!
What is the Best Workplaces for Women?
The Best Workplaces for Women focusses on organisations in the UK and the ways that they ensure people are treated fairly regardless of their sex. This relates to pay, training, promotion opportunities and well-being.
We offer childcare vouchers, flexible and part-time working hours as well as optional homeworking where possible.
The Great Place to Work website highlights the key criteria required to be considered for the award, which includes a ‘minimum of 25% of senior roles held by women’, as well as direct responses from women within the workplace and how they feel about their treatment and opportunity prospects.
MarketMakers are proud to say that 58% of our senior management team are women:
- Our Marketing department is headed up by a female Marketing Director
- 3 out of 7 Operation Managers are female
- Our Financial Controller who heads up our Finance Department is female
After being announced as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces for the fifth consecutive year, we are so happy to have been given a Laureate award and have the opportunity to celebrate the work that goes into making MarketMakers a ‘Great Place to Work’. In addition, as 2018 is the inaugural list we are one of the first organisations to be recognised with this achievement!
The Best Workplaces for Women helps us to strive to do better, as we hope it does with companies all over the UK, as well as recognising the ways we have contributed to provide a supportive environment for women to progress within their careers.
Why is this so important to us?
You only need to check social media pages and newspapers to see how movements like #MeToo and #Time’sUp have impacted the ways women are viewed, treated, and discussed around the globe this last year. However, the struggle for equality for women both in the workplace and in other areas of life has continued to spark conversation and protest for a number of years. 1918 and 1928 are considered hugely important years when women of different ages were given the right to vote, and a century later there is still a fight for equality.
When it comes to the Gender Pay Gap MarketMakers pay employees equally – our gender pay gap is very low, in fact we are paying slightly more to women than men.
Although our form of progression can never be considered as powerful as women from the Suffragette Movement, this award recognises that every little counts and if we can get organisations to review their practices on fair pay and equality, then this is something that we are proud to be a part of.
What do we say?
The only way to see how fairly women are treated in the workplace, is to ask women themselves. We have asked some of the amazing women that work here at MarketMakers to share some of the reasons they love their place of work!
Katrina Parsonage, Client Director- After struggling with mental health and a sense of belonging until her early 40s, Katrina has now been working with MarketMakers for five years and loves being able to work in a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory environment where people are encouraged to reach their full potential. Katrina enjoys coming to work and feeling and being treated as someone who deserves to be listened to and succeed within her own personal and career-oriented goals.
Gemma Storkey, Marketing Director- Gemma enjoys working in an environment where both men and women are treated fairly with regards to well-being and opportunities. Gemma feels that MarketMakers are really invested in their staff and their development within the company, regardless of their sex, race, religion, age or sexual orientation. One area of the company that Gemma thinks is specifically progressive is the support offered to families during and after childbirth.
Follow the link to see the Great Place to Work article featuring the 2018 list!