Perpetuity Research has published the detailed findings of new industry research sponsored by ICTS UK and Ireland into the experiences of women in security. The results of the independent research are contained in a 92-page report and based on 706 survey responses as well as 21 interviews with female security professionals from a range of roles who carry out or manage members of staff undertaking physical security tasks.
The report (entitled ‘Exploring the Experiences of Women in Security and Identifying Key Areas for Industry Development’) highlights the fact that many women hold a positive perception of the security industry overall, and by no means have all of them struggled to progress or otherwise faced discrimination. However, it’s apparent that a number of potential barriers to women entering and progressing in the sector exist and, as such, there’s a clear need for the industry to address them.
It’s also apparent from the study that many of the proposed approaches suggested by the women who took part in the research would be of general benefit to the industry, not only by attracting and retaining female security personnel, but also by helping to dispel outdated perceptions of what physical security work involves and thereby create a working environment that’s attractive to all and enables all members of staff to be treated equally.
ICTS UK and Ireland’s managing director Andy Kynoch commented: “We stand for equality and diversity within our organisation and the wider industry. There’s currently a tremendous strength, enthusiasm and commitment from the security sector, whether working in partnership with the police, with other organisations and individually to continue to protect our people, properties and communities. A workforce of different skills, experiences and ideas is absolutely key.”
Perpetuity Research’s research manager Charlotte Howell, noted: “While a gender imbalance in some workplaces is no new concept, it’s notable that women remain particularly under-represented in the physical security workforce. Crucially, some respondents who had previously worked in other sectors, such as the police and the prison service, felt that security was lagging behind. There remains a perception that security is a man’s world. Equally, it’s clear that the security sector can offer exciting, challenging and interesting careers to people with a wide range of skills and attributes. The research highlights the need for today’s employers to take stock of their approach and consider the steps they can take to attract high calibre recruits regardless of gender and further, once recruited, to ensure their workforce is truly treated equally.”
*Download a copy of the research report at https://perpetuityresearch.com/category/publications/security-risk/
**The findings of the research will be presented by Perpetuity Research at the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) Thought Leadership Summit 2020, to be held on 26 February at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Further details are available online at: https://uk.theospas.com/summit2020/