Press for Progress is the theme for International Women’s Day 2018 – which is today, March 8.
For MSS Security, the ‘Press to Progress’ is to have women make up 25% of our workforce by 2020. On February 28, 2018, our female participation rate was 18.1% – an increase on 2017’s 17.6% – so we are working towards our goal.
The changing nature of the security industry has made hiring female employees a priority for MSS Security. Many clients today are seeking security officers who are able to fulfil customer service duties, as much as security, so they are looking beyond the old stereotype of a burly bloke, which may have discouraged many women to consider a career in security.
For MSS Security, diversifying our workforce by including more women opens our own operations to a range of new skills, opinions and approaches, and helps us better reflect the communities in which we work.
Just as the traditional ‘face’ of the security officer, has evolved, so too have the types of roles available, many of which are more likely to appeal to women than manning a gatehouse on a factory site. As Australia’s leading security guarding company, MSS Security is able to offer women positions at corporate and residential buildings, universities, hospitals, galleries, libraries and airports.
Another aspect of security that may appeal to many women is its 24/7 nature – this offers the possibility of rostering that can be worked in with the responsibilities and demand of family life.
If you know a woman looking for a new career why don’t you ‘press’ her to consider the security industry and encourage her to contact MSS Security!
IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also promotes action to accelerate gender parity, because the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report found that it is more than 200 years away at the current rate of progress.