I can change a tyre in under five minutes, shoot a watermelon from 1000 yards (no, really), arm wrestle a bear and wolf whistle like… well, a wolf (thanks for the tips Ed).
What can’t I do? Make chocolate soufflés for ten people. Any kind of flower arrangement. Maintain any patience for yoga, nor perfect synchronised swimming.
How do I know?
I’ve tried. All of them. Apart from the bear one.
Luckily, I’ve never had anyone tell me I can’t do those things. I learnt for myself. The same can’t be said of other exploits by women around the world.
Workplace gender bias is still rife. Certainly in the testosterone infused den of Technology.
Established in 2005 and with offices in the UK, Nordics and North America, Empiric initially made a mark in the Banking & FS recruitment market, moving in to Technology recruitment in 2017. They’re now one of the fastest growing specialists in Data, Digital, Cloud & Security with aspirations to double their turnover and headcount by 2020.
Empiric offers rapid career progression for every employee, supported by a training & development program tailored for your financial milestones.
Empiric really practices what they preach on an inclusive, supportive work environment. They’re a Stonewall Diversity Champion and pioneers of Next Tech Girls.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, committed to bath and bedtime, or taking evening French lessons Empiric will encourage you to find the right work-life balance for you.
Empiric provide a comprehensive compilation of incentives that make all the difference. Not just private individual healthcare, but optional cover for your family and additional holistic perks like Champneys Spa days. Six months maternity and adoption leave on full pay followed by 18 months flexible working. Gym memberships and Season Ticket loans for those who prefer to watch sport.
Want to wear relaxed business dress and leave early on a Friday? No problem.
Prefer to use the Cycle to Work Scheme and make use of the In-office Dry Cleaning service? Also available. You get my point… Empiric employees are a contented crew.
With offices in the City of London, Singapore and Switzerland, Nicoll Curtin couldn’t be better positioned as experts in Banking and FS.
There’s no home for homogeneous thinking at NC. Initiative, lateral thinking and a long term view are the keys to success, and in return you’re provided with feedback that’s ‘direct, honest and kind’. Along with the tools to ‘achieve outstanding’.
They have an ongoing training partnership with Olympic psychologist Prof Steve Peters. And when you’re ready to establish yourself in a new market, NC are right behind you. In fact 1 in 10 employees takes their career overseas.
NC develops their people holistically. And as a result teams are well balanced, high achieving and happy.
They also set the bar in CSR initiatives, having established #codingallowed to develop a future pipeline of talented technologists that’s better represented by women. Both internally and in their commercial partnerships, NC stands for challenging doubts and reinforcing the attributes of the non-traditional pathway.
Unsurprisingly, the incentives scheme isn’t just geared towards those who like a drink and yearly holiday (although NC aren’t found wanting on the social front).
What’s surprising is that they’ll match the contributions you make up to £25k to your own ‘Future Fund’. ,
Executive Consultants are given Friday afternoon off every week and from Team Leader level and upwards, everyone’s offered share options to reward personal loyalty. And the commission? Uncapped, zero threshold and progressive. The dual track scheme will have you earning both monthly and quarterly bonus.
With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong, Xpand is one of the most well-known Digital, Tech & Data recruitment specialists in APAC.
The team has the freedom to work autonomously, but a strong team ethic remains.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed Rubicor Group, Xpand has an impressive L&D program and a diligent approach to the training and progression of the team at all levels.
Provided you have integrity, your uniqueness and idiosyncrasies will be celebrated at Xpand. There’s a zero judgment culture, and consultants are encouraged to be bold and do things differently in order to achieve their full potential.
As culturally diverse as the teams are, they’re all down to earth, unaffected recruitment professionals.
Fridays often kick off with team breakfast in the office and end with a game of table tennis and a few drinks. At some point in between they’re building a high performance culture and delivering unrivalled quality service.
Xpand recognises that creating a healthy working environment is the best way to retain their talent, so you won’t see people wearing 3 piece suits and sitting at their desks ‘til midnight. They offer the freedom and flexibility for the team to do what makes them happy outside the office so that they’re more productive inside the office.
Aspire is the leading Digital Marketing, Media & Comms recruitment agency in London, and launched offices in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2011 and 2014 respectively (with Dubai, NYC, San Fran and Shanghai on the roadmap).
Careers are closely assisted through six monthly appraisals, and nurtured with 1-on-1 coaching and training based on the NLP approach.
The team’s forward thinking, flexible and accountable and Aspire is seeing phenomenal success turning graduates and experienced hires into top billers.
Aspire has been in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for list ten years in a row, and hold an Investors in People Gold Award for the progression opportunities and workplace satisfaction that they provide for their teams. The Singapore and Hong Kong businesses are led by Emma Osborne and Katie Holmes, both of whom made the move over from Aspire’s London office to further their international careers.
Aspire’s maintained a close-knit and sociable environment, striving for a collaborative family feel.
They have a completely transparent and uncapped commission structure that guarantees you won’t earn less than 30% monthly.
Other incentives include extra holiday for exceeding individual targets and company trips to location such as Bali when the whole business excels.
Aspire offers a super comprehensive package including pension, healthcare, gym membership and duvet days for when you’re just not feeling it. If you can manage your time, then it’s yours to manage.
Sydney’s leading Technology & Data recruitment specialist, the Precision Sourcing team is based in the heart of the CBD, a stone’s throw from most of their clients.
Precision operates with one objective: to Help Talent Achieve, and this includes their own people.
Founded by Jill Ryder, they really set their people up for success, with MD Simon Hair explaining that they want the business to be the vehicle by which the team achieve their personal career goals.
This is a grown up work environment for self-sufficient recruitment professionals.
Ambition; attention to detail; and pride in work are key at Precision. The team is accountable, dependable and honest, meaning you can rely on their support and competency as well as your own capabilities.
Precision also host events across the year such as CodeChiefs, a software development focused event that engenders collaboration and knowledge sharing in the industry.
Precision has a completely transparent commission structure that pays out at a minimum of 35% on perm placements.
Additional hefty cash bonuses are available for the most improved annual performance and the highest average margin, as well as an all-expenses paid holiday for anyone exceeding their target by 10%.
The bottom line is that if you’re firing on all cylinders and contributing to the steady organic growth of Precision, you’re also going to be earning very well indeed.
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