UK NURSING SECTOR STUCK IN 19TH CENTURY: GENDER INEQUALITY IN SENIOR POSITIONS AS STRONG AS WHEN NIGHTINGALE WAS ALIVE
The Royal College of Nursing Congress 2016 starts this week but, from a gender equality perspective, it may as well be 1816 – just a few years before the birth of Florence Nightingale – according to new research from recruitment company, Randstad.
Women make up nearly 90% of the UK’s nursing workforce and are paid an average 14% less than their male counterparts. Now, a new Randstad report, Assessing the Lack of Senior Opportunities for Women in Nursing, may finally reveal why women get paid less and occupy fewer senior positions:
The Randstad research also found that an astonishing eight in ten (84%) female nurses had never asked for a pay rise.
Victoria Short, Managing Director, Randstad Care, commented:
“This week sees the beginning of the Royal College of Nursing Congress 2016 but, in terms of gender equality at the top, the sector hasn’t progressed much from when Florence Nightingale was alive.
“A lack of confidence is clearly holding back a significant number of female nurses from applying for senior roles, and in many cases this is almost certainly a result of the attitude of their employers — and the deep-rooted perception of a glass ceiling.
“The nursing sector, and by extension the wider healthcare profession, urgently needs to address these equality issues, or at the least the perception that they exist, or risk a mass exodus of female nursing talent.”
London, 15 June 2016