Please introduce yourself and your relationship with The Glass Breakers networking group.
I’m Lindsay Scott, Director of Arras People, a project management recruitment and careers specialist in the UK www.arraspeople.co.uk
I’m part of The Glass Breakers group due to my work in and around project management over the last 15 years.
Is the number of women looking for project management roles on the increase?
At Arras People we’ve been monitoring many stats about UK practitioners, over the last nine years of the Project Management Benchmark Report the gender splits between male and female practitioners has been roughly 70:30 in favour of men. Interestingly in this year’s Benchmark Report we focused on the next generation and were surprised to see current student ratios at 53:47 – in favour of women. Whilst this is current student level ratios we will have to wait and see how the ratios end up in the next 5 – 10 years.
Do you think that it’s necessary for women to make an effort to “stand out” from their male counterparts when looking for a project management role?
Personally I don’t think women need to be making any special efforts – after all, would a male project manager be even thinking about gender when it comes to finding a new position? No, what they are thinking about is ‘am I better than the competition and do I have the right kind of experience and skills this company is looking for?’
With over 12 years’ experience in recruitment for project practitioners I would say that the most marginalised group is actually over 50 and male.