More men in HR would boost profession: Survey

Pay, boardroom status and recruitment pool cited as benefits
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2008

When Amir Habashy first came to Canada from Egypt two years ago, he was surprised by the low representation of men in HR. Over the past two years Habashy, who is now an HR assistant with Service Air in Toronto, went on many job interviews but was only interviewed once by a man.

In Egypt there’s a more balanced representation of men and women in the profession, with certain sectors, such as manufacturing, having more men and others, such as pharmaceuticals, having more women, said Habashy. Last month, when he found out 72 per cent of HR professionals in Canada are women, according to Statistics Canada, he wasn’t surprised.

“I thought that was low,” he said.