When it comes to finding women for top jobs, firms often look elsewhere rather than cultivate their own employees. “Poaching rates are much higher for women in leadership roles,” said Christian Boehnke, managing partner at Hunting/Her HR-Partners, a recruiting firm for women.
He added that some companies don’t bother to address the issue at all. “Women also face companies that don’t practice what they preach in terms of fostering gender diversity,” the headhunter said.
Almost two-thirds of female board members at Germany’s largest listed companies are outside hires, a recent study found. “Men who have already worked at lower levels in a company benefit from networks that are often not available to women,” said Headhunter Regina Lindner, MP at Hunting/Her HR-Partners in Düsseldorf, Germany.