Broker academy sees more women applicants for first time

Broker academy sees more women applicants for first time
Just Mortgages head of talent acquisition, Linsey Davies

National brokerage Just Mortgages revealed that for the first time ever more women applied to its broker academy than men. 

Sixty per cent of applicants for the latest broker academy intake were women, the firm said, adding that the change was due to its new recruitment strategy.

 The strategy targeted those outside the industry by using social media and imagery that showed a “more inclusive working environment”. 

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Just Mortgages national operations director, John Philips said: “Five years ago, men made up 60 per cent of our brokers but that is now closer to fifty-fifty which is terrific for the company and the whole financial services sector.

“We are so proud that we have a proposition and culture where women feel they can fulfil their potential based on their skill and are judged and rewarded only based on the outstanding job they do.”

Looking back at previous years, just three out of 10 applicants would be women, according to Just Mortgages head of talent acquisition, Linsey Davies.

“We are thrilled so many women now see financial services as a great career path and an environment where their potential can be realised,” Davies added.

According to Just Mortgages, the number of successful female candidates increased by 180 per cent in 2021 and is on course to more than double again by the end of 2022.