Any male accountants out there?

Going through some openings on a Ukrainian job site, I was shocked… For all the progress we’ve made, for all the democratic principles (you would think) have been brought in to the country, it felt like we were back to 19th century…

How do you like companies looking for “a lady, 22-35 y.o., for an accountant’s position” or “a man, 25-45 y.o., for a sales director’s job”? I’m not talking about one or two exceptions. In fact almost all bookkeeper (accountant) positions I have seen are open for ladies only (and mostly younger ladies at that!), and a large portion of sales manager jobs (especially in Business-to-Business) are reserved for men! 

I am speechless. Talk about equal opportunity employment… Probably the only ones practicing that in Ukraine are multinational corporations and institutions… The rest might not know what it is…

I was just reading somewhere about a new practice in the UK (employed by the National Health Service, if I am not mistaken) whereby they remove all personal details from the application, including name, date of birth, etc. So at least at the pre-screening stage it really is just the qualifications that matter. For now, Ukraine seems light years away from that. 

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3 responses to “Any male accountants out there?

  1. Anonymous

    Hi,

    Nice post. Ukraine is not the only country, which is suffering from this deficiency. You should be happy that jobs are being offered to women.

    From your post it looks like Ukrainians dont trust men with accounts.

  2. Hi,
    Indeed it stems from the stereotype that men are good in being assertive, and women are good in being meticulous…

    And looking at all the oligarchs in the post-USSR area (mostly male), maybe we indeed shouldn’t trust men with accounts ;)

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Jitters.

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