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UK seafood sector wants more women

Staff Writer |
The research undertaken by Seafish and IntraFish Media highlighted that the UK seafood sector believes women are under-represented across the sector.

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The majority of respondents (68 percent) said that when they go to business meetings or industry networking events, women only make up less than 20 percent of the total number of attendees.

As a result, two thirds (67 percent) feel that the UK industry could do more to encourage women to take up the career opportunities the seafood sector offers.

Almost half (46 percent) said that they thought more women would seek a career in the industry if there was a greater understanding of the opportunities available and two fifths (39 percent) said a clearer progression into senior roles would be a greater draw for female applicants.

Just under a third (30 percent) felt that support through a mentoring or networking group would also help encourage more women into the industry.

The research canvassed those working across the UK seafood supply chain, with a focus on women, to find out their views on gender diversity and potential barriers for women joining the industry.

This was part of a wider ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the issue and attract more women to the sector.

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