Women’s confidence and progression in the workplace

Women’s confidence and progression in the workplace

The Agile Nation project includes a research element, which will comprise a minimum of four major pieces of research to underpin and complement the project activities.

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL
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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Chwarae Teg

Bryn Eirias, Abergele Road,

Colwyn Bay

LL29 8BY

UK

Amy Kordiak

+44 1492514237

amy.kordiak@chwaraeteg.com
www.chwaraeteg.com

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Chwarae Teg

Bryn Eirias, Abergele Road,

Colwyn Bay

LL29 8BY

UK

Amy Kordiak

+44 1492514237

amy.kordiak@chwaraeteg.com
www.chwaraeteg.com

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Chwarae Teg

Bryn Eirias, Abergele Road,

Colwyn Bay

LL29 8BY

UK

Amy Kordiak

+44 1492514237

amy.kordiak@chwaraeteg.com
www.chwaraeteg.com

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Women’s confidence and progression in the workplace

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The Agile Nation project includes a research element, which will comprise a minimum of four major pieces of research to underpin and complement the project activities. The research will also provide an evidence base for policy makers and advisers, as well as for wider dissemination and potential legacy projects. This tender relates to one of those pieces of research.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=1918.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
73110000 Research services
73200000 Research and development consultancy services
73210000 Research consultancy services
79311400 Economic research services

1000 WALES
1010 West Wales and The Valleys
1011 Isle of Anglesey
1012 Gwynedd
1013 Conwy and Denbighshire
1014 South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1015 Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1016 Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1017 Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1018 Swansea
1020 East Wales
1021 Monmouthshire and Newport
1022 Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1023 Flintshire and Wrexham
1024 Powys

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

The Agile Nation Project at Chwarae Teg would like to commission research into the barriers to women’s confidence in the workplace and in particular, what prevents women from wanting a promotion. This follows on from findings in a recent research study that Chwarae Teg undertook: ‘A woman’s place’ (2013), that 59% of women would not be happy to stay in their current job but only 1 in 7 women wanted a promotion. In contrast, Chwarae Teg would also like to explore what supports women’s confidence in the workplace and enables women to want to climb the career ladder.

These findings are also corroborated by research carried out by ILM entitled ‘Ambition and gender at work’ . This report concluded that women managers have “lower ambitions and lower expectations”. They have a lack of confidence compared with their male counterparts and exert caution when considering career opportunities

“women managers are impeded in their careers by lower ambitions and expectations. Compared to their male counterparts, they tend to lack self belief and confidence – which leads to a cautious approach to career opportunities – and follow a less straightforward career path. The higher expectations and increased confidence of male managers propels them into management roles on average three years earlier than women”.

As part of this research, Chwarae Teg would like to interview a variety of women: those known to the Agile Nation Project and women who have not had contact with the organisation to also assess the impact the intervention of the project has had on career aspirations. This will involve re-visiting some women who were part of the programme in its early days to track their progress.

Further information and specific questions that this project will explore will be discussed with the successful applicant in the Project Initiation Meeting.

The following criteria must be adhered to when writing an application for this tender:

• The tender will have a maximum value of £20,000 inclusive of VAT. Price and any financial data must be stated in pounds sterling.

• Any interested parties must state clearly in their application their ability to meet the Project timescales

• The tender must be submitted either in English or bilingually (Welsh and English)

• The tender must not exceed 40 pages.

• Two hard copies of the tender should be submitted. Where samples of previous work are being provided, please note we cannot accept electronic copies.

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

Quotations should be inclusive of expenses and VAT.

When applying for this project please ensure you detail your experience and/or knowledge in the following :

– Barriers to women’s progression

– Research projects

– Equality and diversity

– Your experience in the field of research and evaluation

– The methodology you have used when undertaking projects of this nature

– A detailed breakdown of costs of the project

– Your ability to complete the work within the agreed timescales

– A risk matrix to highlight how you would deal with any unforeseen circumstances to meet the project milestones.

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

Women’s Confidence Tender v2

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
07-10-2013  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date 22-10-2013

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

(WA Ref:1918)

5.2

Additional Documentation

Women’s Confidence Tender v2

5.3

Publication date of this notice

05-09-2013