Women are better placed to get top jobs than men, although they are less likely to apply, claims a new survey.
Research by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has led to a call for more women with degrees to apply to graduate schemes as they are more likely to be employed than their male counterparts.
Although women account for 54 per cent of the student population, only 47 per cent will apply to graduate schemes. However, they account for 49 per cent of total hires to such graduate positions.
Stephen Isherwood, chief executive at the AGR said: “Despite investment to develop a more diverse graduate workforce, there remain considerable barriers. Improving gender diversity is less about changing selection processes and is largely an attraction challenge. Many female students don’t apply for the top programmes when they should.
“Graduate employers want to hire women, there are lots of opportunities are out there and these candidates are more likely to succeed, so we need to address why they’re not applying. Industry-wide collaboration to tackle student perceptions will be a key step forward.”
He added it is vital for female graduates to be encouraged to reach their full potential in the workforce.
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