JJ Food Service pledges to employ more women

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JJ Food Service: “Too much testosterone can be a challenge in any working environment.” 

JJ Food Service has promised to employ more women and has targeted 20% female warehouse staff by next year.

The wholesaler, which says 4% of its current warehouse workers are women, wants to create a “greater diversity of talent” within the business and says that women have a positive impact on other staff in the warehouse.

“Too much testosterone can be a challenge in any working environment,” said JJ Food Service HQ branch manager Sedat Kaan Hendekli.

“Our female employees are hardworking, honest and trustworthy - they set an excellent example for everyone and fit well into our warehouse team. We are actively encouraging and progressing more female applicants. At the start of the year, we had a mainly male workforce in the Enfield warehouse. Six months later, 8% of the team is female, and it’s still growing.”

JJ said the flexibility of shift patterns and benefits including on-the-job training, childcare vouchers, excellent career prospects and full and part-time positions had driven the increase.

As part of the target, JJ hopes to employ its first female branch manager.

“Many of our managers started in warehouse roles learning the job from the ground up,” said Hendekli.

“By broadening our talent pool from the bottom, we are more likely to progress women into senior level positions, which will no doubt have a positive impact across the business.”

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  • Elit Rowland

    How exciting - better diversity at all levels, including the warehouse, will no doubt have a positive impact on the business now and in the long term

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