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A Story of Swiss Diversity
Recently, a world-leading Swiss financial institution sought to expand, but received no female applications.
They asked us to diversify their all-male team.
As we put together a female-only shortlist, our priority was finding the most qualified, best-fit candidate for the role.
Gender — like location or language proficiency — was just another requirement we had to meet.
After an extensive search, we successfully presented a shortlist of excellent candidates — with 100% confidence in their suitability.
Did you know?
In Switzerland, under the right circumstances, it is legal to exclusively hire women for a position.
We’re an equal opportunity employer — and we bake those values into our internal hiring process. Our 3-stage interview process keeps our diversity ratio in check:
Meet with Samantha Smart, our Search Manager
Meet with Fiona Laitinen, our Director
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This process is time-consuming and rigorous but worthwhile — because it identifies and minimizes any unconscious biases.
And we end up with the most qualified workforce — which, today, is 70% female.
Equality and diversity are so important to us, we take time to study them — and share what we’ve learned.
Starting with a critical modern field — computer science — we surveyed five major Swiss universities and a number of current students to quantify disparities.
Some of the eye-opening facts we discovered:
- Only 16% of all IT workers in Europe are female
- Less than 15% of students in IT programs are female
- 70% of those female students drop out of computer science degrees.