The financial services industry saw more female candidates apply for new jobs than male candidates, research by recruitment firm Randstad has found.
Last year, 51% of applicants in the industry were female for the first time ever and 48% of positions were found to be taken by female staff.
Randstad said that the roles are typically the job-seekers’ second or third jobs with salaries averaging at £60,000 to £70,000 per year.
“The size of the female talent pool has increased to the extent that, at the application stage at least, women now outnumber men,” recruitment boss Tara Ricks told City A.M.
“That’s because there are more women studying at top universities than there used to be; more women studying maths, chemistry, physics and economics than there used to be; and more women want to work in professional and financial services than ever, thanks to their flexible employment policies.”