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Monday, 15 February 2010

Gender Inequalities in UK Sales Industry Take a Positive Turn

Some fantastic news for women in business across the country comes as insights into gender inequalities reveal that the number of women in top sales jobs has doubled since 2007.

The survey carried out by Aaron Wallis, a leading UK Sales recruitment agency had revealed that nearly half the female respondents work in managerial positions. Of the 644 respondents to the 2009 survey, 43% revealed they worked as Managing Directors, Sales Directors or Sales Managers.

By comparison, women in top sales jobs were found to constitute a mere 23% of the overall female respondents surveyed in 2007 which appears to put women on a more ‘level playing field’ in 2009 than in the survey carried out two years ago.

Whilst sales top sales roles don’t always mean top salaries for women it seems that in fact the income gap between men and women is closing significantly and surprisingly more women have surpassed the £25,000 income bracket than men; 82% of women are earning £25,000 or more compared to just 75% of men. This figure has risen considerably since 2007 when just 54% of women achieved this income.

‘Gender-typical’ industries such as construction, engineering and manufacturing are also seeing a rise in the number of women taking on sales roles in these traditionally male dominated sectors- a substantial 26%. This figure has risen dramatically since 2007 when only 5% of respondents took these roles.

The top income brackets however still appear to be reserved for men with no female respondents claiming to be earning £100,000 per annum or more, compared to 8% of men who were.

Rob Scott, Managing Director of Aaron Wallis contributed; “It is great for women and great for the sales industry that females are increasingly being recognised as at least equal in their capabilities as sales professionals. Women are continuing to show us that they are a vital component of the UK Sales force and personally some of the best sales professionals that I’ve ever interviewed are women”

To view ‘The State of Sales in 2009’ survey, please register your details at: http://www.survey2009.info/

Aaron Wallis is a UK based sales recruitment employment business. For sales candidates they offer a unique Career Advice Centre for Sales professionals covering CV Hints, Interview Tips, and advice on preparation, goal setting, presentation skills, reading body language and more. For employer clients their recruitment services include 12 months rebate, psychometric profiling and skills/ability testing as standard.

The Aaron Wallis specialist recruitment teams are dedicated to a range of specialist sectors that include B2B and Business Services, Media and New Media, Financial Services, Insurance Sales, Retail Sales, FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Construction and M&E, Engineering and Industrial, Electronics, Scientific and Science, IT and Telecoms and Print and Packaging.

For more information on Aaron Wallis, please visit: www.aaronwallis.co.uk

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