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Mind the gender gap – men still make the best bosses, says staffbay.com survey

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 • 56% said they thought men make the best office generals

Just 4% of those surveyed said “they didn't mind” whether a man or woman was their boss

Survey comes on back of recent ONS figures showing gender pay gap has decreased since the 1970s but disparity between what men and women take home today still differs dramatically after the age of 30.

The gender gap might be closing in the office, but men still make the best bosses, that's the message from a new survey by social media-based recruitment specialists, staffbay.com

staffbay.com, which uses social media to bring jobseekers and employers together, asked 15,000 workers which gender they would prefer as a boss, and 56 per cent of them said they thought men make the best office generals. Interestingly, 62 per cent of those questioned were men, and just 4 per cent of those surveyed said “they didn't mind” whether a man or woman was their boss.

staffbay co-founder, Tony Wilmot says that, although attitudes are changing, there still exists a gender divide in the workplace.

"The results of our latest survey show that, when it comes to taking up positions of power at work, men still rule the roost. What is particularly shocking about our survey is that only 4 per cent of those surveyed are ambivalent about the gender of their boss.

Tony adds: "In 1953, Gallup ran a poll showing that 66 per cent would choose a male boss and only 5 per cent a female one. Thankfully, times are changing. No-one wants to live in a male dominated world, as this only deters young, female talent from entering the workplace. 

"We know from seeing behind the scenes at staffbay.com, that there are more young females than ever applying for traditionally male roles, and we welcome this. Our message is: get yourselves out there - become the bosses and business leaders of tomorrow."

The survey comes on the back of recent Office of National Statistics Figures which showed that the gender pay gap has decreased since the 1970s but the disparity between what men and women take home today still differs dramatically after the age of 30.

Figures show that in 1975, 16 to 18 year olds of both sexes were paid similar sums but this changed after the age of 18 with men earning more than women at every age group. At that time, the biggest percentage pay gap was for 38 year olds, with male employees receiving on average 61 per cent more than their female counterparts.

"It's time for this to change," says Tony. "By pushing themselves forward and showing their talents off to prospective employers, fast-rising females can make sure this gap closes. We urge them to do all they can to make sure the gender balance is equal."

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staffbay.com: listen to businesses, Chancellor

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Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget on 20th March, social media-based recruitment website staffbay.com is calling for George Osborne to make it easier for businesses to employ staff.

Tony Wilmot, co-founder of staffbay.com, says: “Osborne needs to start listening to businesses, many of whom are calling for a National Insurance subsidy on employees for six, twelve or even eighteen months to ease the strain they’re experiencing. This can’t happen soon enough, in my opinion, and would go some way to stimulating much-needed growth in the economy.

“Furthermore, the Chancellor should review the entire tax regime. This labyrinthine system needs to be made much simpler and easier to understand, and a flat rate should be introduced. This would leave businesses to get on with the task of creating further jobs.

“Red tape has been a burden on business for too long. If the Chancellor is serious about getting the economy moving again, then he needs to look at and reform the legislation that hinders human resources and recruitment.”

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Over two-thirds would work for nothing to land dream job

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Over two-thirds of the British public would be prepared to work for nothing for up to three months if it meant landing their dream job, according to a new survey of over 16,000 people from visionary social media-based recruitment website staffbay.com.

The survey revealed that far from British workers being lazy and motivated by wages, as some have dubbed them, some 68 per cent said they would go without wages to get the job they coveted – with 10 per cent of them prepared for work for three months without pay.

Tony Wilmot, co-founder of staffbay.com, said: “These results tell us two things: that British workers are far from lazy; and that some people will go to extraordinary lengths to impress their employers. We certainly don’t think that Britain’s jobseekers want something for nothing, and this survey proves it. They’re obviously prepared to get Britain’s economy moving again – and for free.

“The ten per cent of respondents who would work for three months for nothing also shows that some people clearly think they are over-qualified for the job they’re currently in. With so many jobseekers now applying for the same position, many in the jobs market are having to settle for second-best.”

The news comes in the week after Geology graduate Cait Reilly successfully argued at the Appeal Court that her unpaid work placement at Poundland, which she had been required to do to continue to receive benefits, breached laws on forced labour.

Meanwhile, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith told the BBC that some people “thought Geology was more important than stacking shelves.”

Also in the news recently has been Adam Pacitti, who rose to prominence last month after he spent his last £500 on a billboard advertisement outlining his availability to work. Promoting himself in a new, innovative way has reaped dividends, as Pacitti has found work at a design agency. He’s since taken another billboard ad out to thank those who supported him during this jobsearch.

Elliot Kidd, co-founder of staffbay.com adds: “As Adam himself pointed out in the press: ‘Employers are bored of looking at a sheet of A4 paper. Do something different.’ We couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we allow jobseekers to upload multimedia files, including video, to our website.

“Adam’s original billboard advertisement alerted employers to his website where they could watch a video CV he’d put together. One and a half million people saw the video, and now Adam has landed himself a job.
“I congratulate Adam for the innovative way he’s gone about promoting himself – jobseekers everywhere should take note. Our survey shows that by going the extra mile to attract the attention of employers, jobseekers can find the job they’ve always dreamed of.”


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Relaunch of staffbay.com means the future of recruitment

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staffbay.com has relaunched its celebrated interactive recruitment website with a pledge to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in the future of recruitment.

Employers will now be able to advertise as many vacancies as they like for just £150 a month – a fraction of the price of rival, outdated jobs boards. staffbay.com will also promise to provide unlimited  candidate searches a month included in this price.

Elliot Kidd, co-founder of Nottingham-based staffbay.com, said: “This move means we will be able to invest even bigger sums of money into giving jobseekers the best chance to find a new job – and get the economy moving again.

“We’re offering amazing value for money, and ploughing every penny back into our website. To place a single job advert on other job boards can cost a recruitment firm over £1,000 a month. You have to ask whether that’s value for money for the employer and whether those searching are able to access every employment opportunity open to them.”

Tony Wilmot, co-founder, adds: “Our new pricing structure means that employers have unlimited access to over 100,000 jobseekers on staffbay.com. For just £150 a month those with vacancies can enjoy unlimited job posting and candidate searching – including profile matching. This offer also includes candidate alerts, multiple staff accounts, direct candidate contact, a company video profile, logo, instant messaging a much more.

 “What employers should be doing is looking at affordable websites such as staffbay.com where the employer can find out about potential employees through social media such as video CVs and Skype before they even think about inviting them in for an interview. That’s the future of recruitment.”

staffbay.com enables employers to find suitable candidates from its comprehensive candidate search, allowing complete interaction from initial introduction through to final job offer and acceptance with no hidden fees. Employers can also add their vacancies to staffbay.com’s weekly newsletter, which is distributed to several million people searching for work.

A host of large employers are already advertising positions on staffbay.com, including Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, Nationwide, Imperial Tobacco, The Body Shop, Avon Cosmetics, Vertu and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

staffbay.com was launched in 2011 by Elliot Kidd and Tony Wilmot who, between them, have over 40 years of experience in the recruitment industry.