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St. James’s Place targets women in recruitment drive


St. James’s Place is looking to target women in a drive for new advisers to join the firm.

The SJP Academy offers a two-year training programme, with applicants working with a mentor five months into the programme. They then have the option of starting their own firm under the SJP brand. The academy is open to those both with and without advice experience.

The firm says currently 11 per cent of advisers at SJP are female and that 20 per cent of those being trained in the academy are women.

Academy director Adrian Batchelor says there is “no justification” for the sector being so dominated by men.

He said: “Being a partner with SJP is challenging, but ideally suited to women because of its flexibility and the self-determination it provides.

“Our comprehensive training program provides professional women in business, who may be seeking autonomy in their career, a way to find a balance between work, family and lifestyle. It is also uniquely suited to those wishing to build their own business, but with the added support of the corporate structure at SJP.”


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There are 6 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. So, only 11% of SJP’s restricted salespeople are female.

    Goes to show that ‘female intuition’ is alive and well.

  2. Surely they can’t target women specifically in our new Gender Neutral world?

  3. Always credited women with more sense than to get involved in financial services sales.

  4. @ Anon 3.30pm

    This release is just more of the normal sophistry and spin from the St Jimmy’s Bond Floggers; combined, no doubt, with a desire for more skirt in the office.

    Being serious, a gender balance is desirable; although the job should always go to the best candidate.

  5. Gillian Cardy @ IFA Centre 29th August 2013 at 5:19 pm

    No surprise – and they clearly listen to the market research about the extent to which women drive purchasing decisions and look for different characteristics in the people / companies they deal with.
    They approached me to recruit me a few months back … running a trade association to represent Independent Advisers didn’t discourage them from thinking I might be interested … you have to admire their b***ls for asking though … 🙂

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