Estate agents Hunters has released its gender balance employment figures for the very first time.
The firm, which has over 200 branches, revealed that 410 of its staff, or just over 60%, are women.
Hunters added that there is also an almost equal split for the company’s directors and heads of department, which illustrates a “well-balanced representation in key decision-making roles”.
There are a total of 28 female franchise directors across the network, playing a key role in delivering Hunters’ franchise model which has seen the company deliver “consistently strong” financial results and undertake a steady journey of expansion.
Hunters’ first and longest standing franchised office was opened in 2006 by Rebekah Try and several of the female franchise directors today run multiple branches.
CEO of Hunters, Glynis Frew, said: “It is great to see industry female representation continue to grow and we’re proud that Hunters, along with many others in property, have been encouraging it for some time now.
“More and more women entering the industry can only be a good thing but we must not forget that the value of the contribution to our fantastic industry is not gender-dependent.”
She added: “Whilst the importance of female representation cannot be overlooked, it is also important to stress that recruitment is about getting the right person for the job and there should be no sense of discrimination at any level.
“Being a nationwide network means that we welcome a real mixture of communities and backgrounds, both from a staff and customer perspective, and that forms a crucial part of the way in which we operate.”