Hunters has released figures showing it is one of the most gender-balanced estate agency in the UK, ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday.
This includes how just over 60% its 680 staff members are female including both directors, heads of department and other key decision-making roles.
Hunters also says 28 of its franchise directors across its network are female, which the company says has played a key role in its success.
Hunters, which was established in 1992 by Kevin Hollinrake, is also the only PLC in the sector to have a female CEO, Glynis Frew, (pictured, above, centre).
The only other woman to make it to the top of the corporate ladder in the property PLC world in recent times has been Alison Platt.
“It is great to see industry female representation continue to grow and we’re proud that Hunters, along with many others in property, have been encouraging it for some time now,” says Frew.
“More and more women entering the industry can only be a good thing but we must not forget that the value of the contribution to our fantastic industry is not gender-dependent.
“Whilst the importance of female representation cannot be overlooked, it is also important to stress that recruitment is about getting the right person for the job and there should be no sense of discrimination at any level.”
Hunters does not publish a Gender Pay Gap as it has fewer than 1,000 staff but many of its larger competitors do.
Countrywide estate agency business, for example, reports a gender pay gap of 29.5%, much higher than the national average of 11.9% and higher than Connells (23%), Sequence and Your Move (24%) and Foxtons (25.5%). But all these beat Savills, where the pay gap is 43%.