By Kate Brown
Accountancy giant PwC is attempting to increase the number of women in senior roles at the firm by banning all-male shortlists for jobs in the UK. PwC is also planning to ban all-male interview panels in an attempt to examine how “career defining roles” are rewarded.
The decision was prompted by the recent pay gap report which showed men earned on average 43.8% more than women. PwC has announced that they will be looking heavily at recruitment processes in order to narrow the gender pay gap. The PwC chief people officer, Laura Hinton, said that they wanted to make sure that “everyone in the firm” can access important career opportunities, such as working with big clients and on big projects.
PwC already has a number of schemes in place in order to improve the diversity of its workforce. For example, they are currently operating a returnship programme whereby those who have taken a break from work (such as maternity leave) are encouraged to do six months paid work experience. The company also regularly allocates “progression coaches” (usually partners) who work with women as well as ethnic minorities in order to help develop their careers.