Australia: Middletons Awarded 2012 EOWA Employer of Choice for Women Citation
Last Updated: 15 March 2012

The war for talent is heating up, according to Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Director, Helen Conway, with 125 organisations qualifying for the Agency's national EOWA Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) citation this year.

And Middletons is one of the successful applicants, meeting stringent criteria to qualify for this prestigious citation.

Speaking at the launch of the 2012 EOCFW list in Perth, Ms Conway said Australian business leaders understood the citation was a major drawcard in the war to attract and retain the best people.

"The leaders of the organisations on this list recognise there is a competitive advantage to be obtained by employing a diverse workforce," Ms Conway said.

"They are attracting women into non-traditional roles where there are skills shortages, reaping the rewards of increased retention rates, and realising the benefits of flexible work practices."

Middletons national managing partner, Nick Nichola said "Today, over 60% of all law graduates are female and it is reasonable to expect that the proportionate number of female lawyers will increase in the future."

Mr Nichola added, "Middletons is 100% committed to assisting women in their careers, ensuring they have every opportunity that could and should be afforded to them. Equality in the workplace speaks to the values that underpin our law firm and is shared by the people who work within it."

Middletons has a number of significant initiatives that assist women in the workplace. The firm is committed to flexible work arrangements and education and tools to support flexible workers and managers.

In addition, the firm ensures its parental leave offering is best practice in its industry.

Career development is a major theme for Middletons, through initiatives such as the Edge for Women program, which provides senior women in its business access to skills development.

A Corporate Mums program is a network and support forum for all mothers and mums-to-be. In addition the firm has a Keeping in Touch newsletter that is sent out to all mothers on maternity leave "keeping them in touch" with recent news at Middletons.

Middletons also acknowledges that it can be difficult for female practitioners, particularly those who are junior, to access opportunities to practise and develop their networking skills. As a result Middletons Women's Information Network was formed to address these issues.

"Leaders from across Australia from a diverse range of industries are realising the business benefits of receiving the EOCFW citation. This year's successful applicants are the trailblazers in the war for talent and I congratulate them for their innovation and commitment to improving gender equality in the workplace," Ms Conway concluded.

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