THE number of women working in Far South Coast clubs is higher than ever thanks to a series of clever initiatives to encourage female participation in the workforce.
ClubsNSW officials met with the region’s 75 local clubs last Wednesday at Club Narooma and discuss a KPMG study showing that women now make up 54 per cent of club employees, compared to the NSW average of 45.8 per cent.
The study also shows women are making their mark in club boardrooms with females accounting for almost 20 per cent of club CEOs and 14 per cent of board members compared to just 3 per cent and 8 per cent of ASX 200 listed companies.
Club Narooma general manager Tony Casu said that women made up more than half of the club’s workforce and half of the management team.
“We’re one of the biggest employers in town and work hard to ensure that our working mums feel accommodated for at work. Women work well in a club environment and have a good rapport with club members,” he said.
“We also have a flexible workplace agreement that helps new mums return to work. Our office manager recently returned from maternity leave and was able to change her hours around to fit in with daycare.”
Also attending was Narooma Golf Club general manager Dominic Connaughton, who also supported the initiatives and said 47 per cent of his club employees where female, while the club membership of 69 per cent male.