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Advice on finding opportunities, support organisations and networks relating to gender issues

Making choices about your future career path shouldn’t be influenced by your sex. In this employment guide we're sharing advice on how you can find opportunities and employers that promote positions for women.

Employers have equal opportunities policies in place to prevent gender discrimination and are working to address the gender pay gap. Equal pay for people doing the same job is a legal requirement but the gender pay gap is a more complex issue. The differences in pay are due to many reasons, including the number of men compared to women securing senior roles or entering higher-paid careers.  

Opportunities 

The ‘glass ceiling’ for women continues to be an issue in some industries, whilst other sectors have difficulties recruiting a particular gender. Employers that have under-representation of a particular gender often run recruitment initiatives to promote opportunities and increase the number of applicants.

  • The Times Top 50 Employers for Women - A list of employers with a commitment to gender equality.

  • STEM Women - Regular careers events for students and graduates studying STEM subjects who identify as women.

  • Future Female Engineers - TargetJobs runs employability events to help you build networks and connect with recruiters in the engineering sector.

  • IT’s not just for the boys - TargetJobs runs employability events with opportunities for networking and finding out about roles in the tech industry.

What to look for when researching employers

Do some research about companies that interest you, look at their commitment to diversity and inclusion in their workforce.

Employers may also provide case studies and talk about initiatives they've put in place to support and encourage applicants. Our guide to researching an employer will help you get started.

What do you need to tell a potential employer

There's no legal requirement for you to disclose your gender to an employer. Many employers will include a diversity monitoring questionnaire as part of the application process.

The information you supply is confidential and will not be shared with anyone involved in the selection process or your future line manager, but you should always have the opportunity to indicate ‘prefer not to say'. The priority within your application and interview should be to present your skills and experiences in the most positive light. 

Support organisations and networks

The following organisations provide additional information and advice on sex discrimination and equal pay:

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