A recent study by Digital PR and SEO Agency, Digitaloft, has shed light on the gender distribution within the leadership of digital agencies in the North of England.

The research focused on the ‘Top 50 Northern Agencies,’ as identified by Prolific North, to assess the representation of women in agency leadership positions.

The findings indicate a notable gender gap, with women representing just under a third of directors in the surveyed digital agencies. Across the agencies with publicly available information, 69% of directors and other leadership roles were occupied by men.

Closer Examination of Gender Representation

A closer look at the data reveals that only 9% of agencies have more women than men in leadership positions. This figure slightly increases to 24% when considering agencies with a 50:50 gender split or more. While 53% of agencies have at least 30% women directors, the majority still have women constituting only one-fifth of their leadership roles. Alarmingly, 17% of agencies reported having zero women representation among their directors.

In comparison to the broader UK economy, where the latest FTSE Women Leaders report shows 35.2% women in leadership positions for FTSE 100 companies, the digital agency sector in the North appears to lag behind in gender diversity.

However, Digitaloft distinguishes itself with 80% women in its leadership team and nearly 90% in the wider management team. Despite acknowledging areas for improvement, Digitaloft prides itself on having multiple women in management and leadership positions, with over two-thirds of its entire workforce being women.

Addressing the Gender Gap: Industry Solutions

The study concludes with recommendations for the industry to address the gender gap in leadership positions:

  1. Mentorship and Networking: Encouraging mentorship programs and professional networks tailored for women in PR to nurture talent and facilitate career growth.
  2. Flexible Work Arrangements: Adopting policies supporting work-life balance, such as flexible working hours and remote work options, to address unique challenges faced by women, including caregiving responsibilities and health-related needs.
  3. Gender Equity Policies: Implementing and enforcing policies promoting gender equity, including equal pay and transparent promotion criteria, are crucial for achieving gender parity in leadership.
  4. Education and Training: Investing in education and professional development opportunities specifically for women in PR to empower them with the skills and knowledge needed for leadership positions.

As the industry grapples with gender diversity, initiatives focusing on mentorship, flexibility, equity, and education are crucial for fostering an inclusive and balanced leadership landscape.

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