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Gender inequality remains in logistics

The logistics industry has increased to 850,000 individuals employed within the UK, an increase of 13% (95,400) since 2010.

These are the employment figures according to a study by Skills for Logistics


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However, one issue that remains current within the industry relates gender inequality. Tudor have used a report produced by Skills for Logistics to signify the alarming dominance of male workers compared to female workers below. In the logistics scene, 78% of employees are male with just 22% women. 


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Back in 2016, Hilary Devey, founder of freight distribution company Pall-Ex, gave her opinion on whether the industry had become ‘more attractive’ to women during the two decades.

She told SHD logistics: “As a typically male-dominated sector, it was unusual to see a woman in the industry 20 years ago – never mind at the helm of a business. There was a stigma that it was a man’s game, but I’ve proved through the sustained success of Pall-Ex that’s nonsense.
 
“What we have started to see is a shift in the perception that opportunities in logistics are primarily about drivers. Yes, that is a crucial element to our work force, but the fact is, there are so many other opportunities and career options for both men and women, whether that’s in finance, operations, marketing, customer care – the list is endless.
 
“The other aspect to communicate to women (as well as men) is that if you want a career in logistics, you need to be realistic. It’s a competitive market and determination and tenacity is key. I learnt this from the beginning when the banks all shut their doors on me in terms of funding. We all know that I sold my house and car to raise the money – which isn’t something I would recommend those starting out today to do by the way, but at the time, I had a point to prove,” she added.

In July this year the BBC published the high earners at the corporation. 

The list of 96 top earners exposed a series of gender disparities on pay in sports coverage, news, radio and TV. Only a third of the top earners are female and the top seven are all male. The highest earners were dominated in the top ten by the likes of Chris Evans, Gary Linker and Graham Norton. Evans topped the list with a staggering £2.2m yearly income.

It has forced the likes of Clare Balding, Alex Jones and Sue Barker to lead a signed open letter in protest to director general Tony Hall.

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