Securitas marked International Women’s Day 2019 on Friday 8 March by hosting one of the tables at a prestigious City of London breakfast event. Ten women from across the business attended the gathering to celebrate the contribution and achievements of women in Securitas and, indeed, across the wider security industry.
The event, which took place at the Guildhall, included a panel discussion and also a Q&A chaired by journalist and ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham. Securitas’ guests encompassed females from across all sectors of the business, from back office to front line roles in areas such as mobile security, fire safety and aviation security.
Brian Riis Nielsen, Country President at Securitas UK, commented: “Gender diversity remains an issue across the security industry despite the wide variety of roles and opportunities available to both men and women. Technology continues to transform the way in which we work, of course, but we still have much to do when it comes to highlighting the variety, excitement and broad range of career options available to women working in our industry. This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the phenomenal women we have working in Securitas, and also to discuss how we can encourage more women to join us.”
Grainne Kelly, Human Resources (HR) and Security Operations Centre director for the business, explained: “Within Securitas, we believe balance drives a better world. It’s not a women’s issue. Rather, it’s a business issue. That’s why Securitas is supportive of International Women’s Day and the global campaign #BalanceforBetter.”
Kelly continued: “With the transformation of the security industry comes exciting new career opportunities for women, whether they are considering a career change, returning to work after having children or taking their first step up the career ladder. It’s time we dispelled the myth that security roles are only for men. We want to challenge these stereotypes and help to forge gender balance in the security sector.”
Recently, Securitas UK was recognised as a Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute. This accolade highlights the company’s commitment to delivering exceptional people management and HR strategies.