The wholesale industry is shaping up to be a great place to work but a lack of respect for women is still a key challenge, according to a study commissioned by Women in Wholesale.
Support for the diversity agenda has become more important since COVID, according to 20% of respondents, while 65% said it was as important as it was before.
More than half of respondents (54%) agreed that their company is doing enough to achieve gender balance at the top.
Wellbeing support in the sector is also looking positive, with 44% of respondents’ companies having mental health first aiders and a third offering meditation or mindfulness seminars.
75% of respondents said they were offered more flexibility in terms of working hours during COVID and 78% had more flexibility with location – much of this will continue into the longer term, according to the research.
However, women are still facing some of the same barriers to progress. 28% of respondents cited a ‘lack of respect’ as the biggest challenge for women working in the sector, with no improvements since 2019, followed by lack of opportunities (20%).
44% said that career development is the main area of their job that they need support with, followed by time management (27%) and managing people (24%).
The research was conducted by Lumina Intelligence with wholesalers, buying groups and suppliers.
Published Date: August 18, 2021