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Recruitment Diary: executive MBA scholarship on offer

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Women in Leadership Scholarship And so to EY’s London base (it was Ernst & Young until this week) for a glass of fizz and the announcement of an important partnership between Henley Business School and The 30% Club, which campaigns for fairer representation of women in business leadership.

Henley is offering a full scholarship for its executive MBA programme, worth £34,000, and to win it you simply have to prepare a 500-word statement demonstrating your academic excellence and leadership skills, and write a 1,300 word essay on: “What are the key challenges to creating a gender balance at all levels in organisations?”

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There is also an offer of a bursary towards the fees of a Henley executive MBA for exceptional candidates who miss out on the scholarship. Entries need to be in by August 1.

Are there conditions? Of course there are.

Go to for details. The FT is supporting the initiative.

● No change Harriet Green, chief executive of Thomas Cook, attacked headhunters last week for failing to call on the wealth of female talent when filling business roles. Her fears seem well-founded – a survey of 200 international headhunters finds 93 per cent of them saying UK companies will fail to meet the requirements of the Davies Report into women on boards, which set a 25 per cent target for female representation by 2015.

The survey, by InterExec, a career adviser for business leaders, finds 60 per cent of headhunters seeing discrimination in favour of women, leading to “superior candidates” being rejected.

Kit Scott-Brown, founder of InterExec, says: “Neither headhunters, nor the companies for whom they recruit, see significant evidence of change, but nor are they in favour of regulation.”

● Hard to grasp Work-life balance and happiness are slippery concepts to measure, but Randstad UK, the recruiter, has had a go. Its survey of 2,000 employees suggests those least happy with their work-life balance are accountants (42 per cent) and financial services staff (47 per cent) – yet accountants have a shorter average working week than other UK roles.

Those working in utilities (94 per cent) and insurance (90 per cent) were most happy with their work-life balance – yet these sectors have some of the longest average working weeks. Randstad concludes – perfectly reasonably – that fewer hours does not necessarily make people happier.

Overall, 59 per cent of UK workers are happy with their work-life balance, with those in south-east England and the Yorkshire and Humber region being happiest, with the grumpiest being in the east and south-west of England, in spite of those regions having shorter average working weeks than most of the UK.

How are we to make sense of this? Mark Bull, managing director of Randstad UK, says: “This proves the key to better balance is not simply to work shorter hours or earn more cash. A more holistic approach is needed.”

● Dissatisfaction And proving just what a slippery business this happiness thing is, another survey, from StepStone and, the jobs boards, suggests that two-thirds of UK employees are dissatisfied with their work-life balance, with 42 per cent saying the stress of work affects their home life.

Of the 1,072 workers polled, 25 per cent say they do not get enough time to themselves.




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