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As movemeon has grown in popularity, like any company, we’ve had to grow the team too. We advertise our roles far and wide from university career sites to specialist jobs boards to movemeon itself. We’ve hired experienced people and fresh graduates in the UK and abroad. We’ve received a lot of applications and done a lot of interviews. All in all, we’ve seen a pretty robust sample crossing seniority, functions and countries. And we have enough data for a gut feeling that we were receiving more interest from men than from women.

What’s more, we’ve made job offers to 2 women recently and both have been turned down for offers at corporates (as opposed to start-ups). So that got us thinking about whether our data shows any differences between men and women in applying for jobs. We’ve also analysed the difference in salary expectations between men & women and created a neat little infographic using the data.

Applications to movemeon (~250)

Movemeon jobs received 256 applications and 59.4% of these came from men. The majority of jobs have been aimed at recent graduates or early career professionals where the split of men and women is pretty even. So it seems tech start-up type jobs are more attractive to men than to women. We thought we’d test that hypothesis by looking at some data on applications made for jobs posted on movemeon.

Applications through movemeon

We started off by looking at the gender distribution of applications to start-up/tech companies. We took a random sample of 34 companies in this bracket. 76.4% of applications came from men (we analysed about 1,500 applications). It seems that jobs in young and tech-driven companies appeal more to guys than to girls. Or at least men are more willing to put in an application than women.

Next, we wondered if the stats for more corporate jobs (bigger, older companies) would throw out vastly different numbers. So again, we took a random sample of companies and the data revealed that only 69% of applications came from men. In other words, women are 30% more represented in these application sets than for start-up/tech jobs.

As a final step we took industry out of the equation – after all, some technology companies with a start-up image – like Uber – are now very big. Technology companies like Google are enormous. So we looked purely at the size of the company as measured by the total number of employees. What the data revealed was big differences at both ends of the size spectrum. For women, 5% of applications were to firms with fewer than 50 employees vs 6.5% of men’s applications. 24% of the female applications were to companies with more than 50,000 employees vs 19% for the men.


So what’s the take-home message? Overall, women apply for fewer jobs than men. And, according to our data women apply less for smaller companies and also companies in tech & with a ‘start-up’ image. Conversely, women gravitate to very large companies.  

If you were interested in this article, have a look at our most recent article based on the gender pay gap.

Next steps

Where next? This analysis was based on ~200 applications to movemeon and then about 2,500 job applications through movemeon. We’ve decided that it’s really interesting. We hope you agree. So we’ve decided to analyse a larger movemeon data set of about 15,000 applications to see if these trends hold up and what further detail we can tease out.

Lastly, we’d love to hear from you on this topic. Do you have data that shows different patterns? Or data that confirms these ones? Do you think these differences are important? Perhaps more importantly, what do you see as the reasons driving these differences? If you’re interested in contributing, please email us. If you’re a member, you can log in here. And if you’re not, register here.