This week saw the publication of startling new research into gender disparities in the bid / proposal profession. The study, led by Krista Takkala of Strategic Proposals and supported by Bid Solutions and the APMP UK, makes for some very challenging reading.
Although the data is primarily UK-based, respondents elsewhere suggested that there are concerns to be addressed worldwide.
Following the salary surveys published by Bid Solutions, it should come as no surprise to the profession that there are gender disparities. What does shock however is the scale of the problem; fundamentally affecting women and their career advancement. It clearly isn’t just affecting salaries, the research suggests there is widespread discrimination across all roles and all industries.
The report offers some excellent ideas and suggestions for tackling these problems head-on and is available to download here.
I know Krista would welcome further suggestions as to how to tackle the important issues raised. The full results and findings will also be debated at this year’s APMP UK conference in October. Full details of the conference can be found here.