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#MeToo affects women’s hiring — for the better

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Workplace gender parity is taking on greater importance since the start of the #MeToo movement last fall, according to Scout Exchange, a platform for marketplace recruiting.

A recent survey of more than 1,200 Scout’s marketplace recruiters found:

  • Sixty percent of recruiters say “diversity recruiting” is a top priority for “some” or “all” of their clients
  • 80 percent experienced more requests for female executives in the past year
  • 68 percent believe it is more challenging to find female executive candidates
  • Two-thirds consider women executive candidates easier to place than males

Scout also analyzed activity across its recruitment marketplace, which includes hundreds of large employers, thousands of recruiters and hundreds of thousands of candidate submissions. Looking at hires within the $150,000-and-above executive salary band, Scout found a 41-percent jump in the ratio of female to male hires made after October 2017, correlating with the start of the global #MeToo movement.

The analysis showed women’s executive salaries are increasing at twice the rate of their male counterparts. “Our survey data confirms the importance of diversity recruiting, which continues to be a top priority for our enterprise customers,” said Scout Exchange CEO Ken Lazurus.

Although males represent the vast majority (71 percent) of total Scout marketplace submissions, the company found female candidates are twice as likely to get hired versus their male counterparts.

Digging deeper, Scout identified a potential gender bias between recruiters and the candidates they submit. On average, female recruiters are 25 percent more likely to submit female candidates. Male recruiters are 16 percent more likely to submit male candidates.