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International Women’s Day 22

It is easy to find statistics on the inequality between Men and Women in the UK workplace. Various business publications including the Harvard Business Review and Forbes have quoted the following: Men receive 15% more promotions to women, only 8% of FTSE 100 CEOs are women, on average women are paid 15.5% less than men, women apply to 20% less applications than men.


With 54% of our workforce being women, I wanted to ask our employees to understand what they thought. We have been sharing some of the results over the last week via the Oakleaf LinkedIn page. We asked everyone at Oakleaf to anonymously answer the questions below.


  • Do you think that women feel empowered to achieve what they want to achieve working for Oakleaf?
  • Do you feel that there is any gender inequality at Oakleaf?
  • If so, are there any specific areas, and can you elaborate?
  • How do we support women to progress into leadership roles at Oakleaf?
  • What are your feelings about the gender diversity that we have at Oakleaf?
  • Do you think there is more that we can be doing?
  • If so, can you elaborate?


I am delighted to share with you some of our statistics.


81% of Oakleaf employees feel that women are empowered to achieve what they want to achieve within the business.

79% of Oakleaf employees feel that there is no gender inequality at Oakleaf.

87% of Oakleaf employees feel positive about the gender diversity reflected at Oakleaf Partnership.

Whilst these numbers look positive there are areas to develop and some reoccurring themes with flexibility, job shares and mentoring being highlighted. It is no secret that the pandemic really ‘fast forwarded’ the market’s openness to working from home, but this isn’t the only flexibility that is needed.

In my opinion, how we manage our work life and home life has fundamentally changed and therefore flexible working policies need to be overhauled. At Oakleaf we are now moving towards creating several focus groups allowing us to not only implement the current suggestions but more importantly to continue to keep the dialogue open, allowing us to innovate.

Today the world is celebrating International Women’s Day and highlighting the important topic of breaking the bias. This will mean different things to different people. Whilst personally I have not experienced any direct bias due to my gender, there is no doubt that it is there is in our society.

Over the next few months, you will see me speaking to several inspiring senior leaders to understand their thoughts and views on this. My personal goal….is to ensure Oakleaf doesn’t create any unnecessary hurdles for women to ‘jump through’ to get to where they want to get to. Leadership looks different to everyone, but everyone should feel that it is within their reach.

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