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International Women’s Day 2022

On International Women’s Day 2022 Pest Solutions are proud to have partnered with Bayer Environmental Science to celebrate the professional women leading the way in the historically male dominated pest control industry.

At Pest Solutions we are strive to hire the best people avaiable which has led to our service team being 36.3% women (Industry Average 4.5%). I consider this one of the significant strengths that pushing the growth of our business forwards at pace. If we don’t bring the best women into our business we are missing out on at least half of the exceptional people out there.

International Womens Day - Pest Solutions - Bayer Environmental Science UK

We fully support our partners, Bayer Environmental Science, in promoting the role of women in the Professional Pest Control Industry.

Isabelle Duboille, Head of EMEA (Environmental Science) said,

“At Bayer we are committed to strengthening a more inclusive and diverse workforce, as diversity is a key ingredient of creative and innovative teams that perform. Gender balance is one of the pillars of this diversity.

“That’s why we aspire to establish a gender balance across all combined management levels by 2025. By 2030, Bayer aspires to reach gender parity on each individual management level.

“So on International Women’s Day, and indeed every day, we are proud to celebrate companies that embrace and enable equality.”

Please watch Bayer’s video below and consider skills, career progression, confidence, positive change, continuous professional development and more.

Award Winning Women In the Pest Control Industry

We have a great team here at Pest Solutions and I am proud of how every one of our service team as they work dilligently to look after our customers every day. They are true pest professionals.

The women working at the fromtline in our service team are not just among the best in our business, they are among the best in the pest control industry.

Award Winning Women Of The Pest Control Industry - International Womens Day - Pest Solutions

This was was demonstrated when our service techncian Gabrielle Hogg won the “Young Pest Controller of the Year” in the 2021 UK National Pest Awards.This award was sponsored by Bayer Environmental Science which is what lead to the working partnership to celebrate International Womens Day 2022 together.

Gabrielle joined Pest Solutions in November 2019 from a managment position in the coustomer services industry. She excelled in the field as a pest controller quickly becoming quallified and rising within our business.

In January 2021 she was promoted to the role of Service Manager with unanamous support of our service team. Gabrielle is currently on maternity leave after having her first child in January 2022. We look forwards to welcoming her back soon.

In our internal company awards for 2021 our women were well represented by winning many of our top awards:

  • Graduate Service Techncian Gemma Sutherland won the “Young Pest Controller of the Year” Award.
  • Graduate Service Technician Chloe Smith won the “Service Quality” Award.
  • Graduate Service Techniain Natasha Mackay was highly commended in the “Customer Feedback” Award narrowly missing out with an exceptional performance.
  • Company Finance Director Hayley Rafferty won our “Unsung Hero” Award for effortlessly making sure that the business keeps up our growth target, achieving 72% in 2021.

Professional Women In The Pest Control Industry

Although historically the pest control industry is male dominated.

Women account for 40 per cent of the global workforce*, yet not surprisingly pest management remains a male dominated profession. Recent analysis from the BPCA membership database suggests that only around 4.5% of all staff are women (4% in August 2020).

Dee Ward-Thompson, Head of Membership and Technical at the British Pest Control Association, commented:

“While pest management is still a male-dominated profession, I’ve seen many women join our industry in 10 years. Women entering our profession are always regarded with the utmost respect and encouraged to develop their skills, with many becoming leaders within the sector. More and more women are seeing the benefits of joining this wonderful sector and the potential long term career path.”

Female Professional Pest Controllers -International Womens Day - Pest Solutions

At Pest Solutions we could not agree more and feel strongly that we need to recruit the best and most tallented people regardless of gender. This has led to our servicing workforce being 36.3% women simply because we hared the best people that we interviewed. This decision has been proven correct time after time by the quality of the team that we are continuing to build.

Have You Considered A Career In Pest Control

The industry average is currently 4.5% women, we at Pest Solutions are seeing the balance much closer to equality at 36.3%…

But could this be higher?

I am sure it could. When we undertake new recruitment the number of applicants is heavily male dominated. Yet our hiring looks more balanced. This is because we select the best candidates regardless of gender. If you have the right attitude and a passion to be the best we want you in our team.

I would like to see more women consider the pest control industry as the exciting career it can be. We work hard to promote the industry as a carreer choice for all. Are you a recent science graduate? Are you looking for a fulfilling workplace. If so We would love to speak to you.

Professional Women In The Pest Control Industry - IWD2022 - Pest Solutions

Due to our growth we are regularly looking for new recruits in Scotland and the North of England.

Apply today via by sending your CV to chris(at)pestsolutions.co.uk . If we do not have any positions available or if you are outside of the area we cover I would be happy to forward your CV to another like minded professional BPCA Member company that may be able to speak to you.

The Pest Control Industry Needs You…

*source – People Management magazine, October 2020

ARTICLE BY Chris Cagienard

Managing Director

Chris Cagienard leads a busy life in the pest control industry, as well as being in the 'driving seat' of Pest Solutions, he's also the Vice President of the BPCA. With over 20 years of pest control experience, Chris's insight and advice is second to none.