Why are so few women finding their feet within financial services?

Scottish Widows' distribution director on gender diversity

Adam Saville
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"I personally have got a family and I have managed to work my way through. It is not easy but it can be done," Jackie Leiper
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"I personally have got a family and I have managed to work my way through. It is not easy but it can be done," Jackie Leiper

COVER editor talks to Jackie Leiper about a male-dominated industry, finding balance for women in the workplace and the psychological factors at play when it comes to recruiting females

2018 was the year that financial services finally woke up to the issue of gender disparity. A conversation that COVER, alongside sister publications Professional Adviser and Retirement Planner, ushered in with the inaugural Women in Financial Advice Awards in October. Scottish Widows research found that within the UK adviser market, a staggering 87% are male, meaning that a mere 3000 or so registered financial advisers are women. What are the reasons for such a huge gender divide in our industry...

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