Cellular Solutions Shows How Not To Boast About Your Massively Gender-Divided Office

4 Men Managing 27 Young Women, Is This Firm A Joke?

Cellular Solutions may be a fantastic communications provider, but we wonder if the four male senior managers will be happy to hear the rest of the world discussing their employee make-up?

A look at the company's staff make-up reveals the entirely male senior management oversees 27 young women, which may raise some eyebrows. Additionally, all of the employees are white.

The four men in charge of it all

People have expressed disbelief about the 31-strong team at Cellular Solutions on Twitter.

The critics include Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers. Cellular Solutions, which has partnerships with Vodafone and O2, has women in every role, except for in senior management.

The sudden popularity of Cellular Solution's staff page caused the website to crash, and now it is "under maintenance".

Companies House documents show the firm is real and was founded in 1999 by managing director Damian Mottram. The only woman listed as holding a directorship at the firm is Damian's wife, Jennifer.

Employment experts told the Huffington Post UK that Cellular Solutions gender balance was "unusual", "peculiar" and risked looking "seedy".

Kate Russell, of Russell HR Consulting, said: "It looks rather peculiar to have so many young women being brought into this business.

"It could be a coincidence, but it does seem odd. It may well lead to questions being asked about their recruitment strategy.

Russell added: "If your recruitment strategy is to go for people of a particular type and you recruit them because they’re a particular type rather than having the skills to the job, that is both illegal and seedy.

"Even if it’s totally okay, it’s good business sense to have a mix of ages, types and racial backgrounds. In an ideal world, you should be looking for a business that reflects your local population."

Jennifer Nicol, partner at the law firm Doyle Clayton, said: "Alas this type of gender imbalance is not just common but prevalent in FTSE companies and throughout the City of London generally.

"Some businesses (but sadly very few) are getting to grips with the issue."

The Huffington Post UK tried to contact Cellular Solutions' senior management but they refused to comment.


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