Mum’s the word when it comes to recruitment at Urban Real Estate

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Recruitment drives targeting females with an emphasis on mums and a company culture focused on flexibility and inclusivity have helped position Urban Real Estate as an employer of choice within the real estate industry.

Recent figures show that more than 60 per cent of the company’s 165 plus workforce are female, while more than 50 per cent of the leadership team comprises women.

Local offices are located in Leppington, Edmondson Park and Denham Court

Employment positions pitched at mums and equal opportunity for all in the hiring process have contributed to attracting a wide pool of female talent, according to Olivia Chammas, director of talent at Urban Real Estate.

“The business recognises the value of a diverse workforce, especially the contribution mums bring to the workplace,’’ she says.

“In a highly competitive market, Urban Real Estate acknowledges a distinct demographic, mother, returning mothers and women in general and offers the opportunity to excel in real estate roles.”

Director of operations at Urban Real Estate Jessica Hurst – and mum – agrees.

“I have worked at Urban Real Estate for over 17 years and consider the business my second family,’’ says Ms Hurst.

“It is a place where the team shares a laugh and lean on each other for support if needed.

“My favourite aspects about the workplace are its cultural diversity and endless opportunities to advance careers.

Ms Chammas and Ms Hurst with other female Urban staff at the Edmondson Park sales office. TOP: Olivia Chammas (left) and Jessica Hurst – and Jessica’s boys.

“My female peers are strong, intelligent and empowered people that help each other in every possible way.

“I’m grateful I never had to choose between my career and motherhood,’’ she says.

“I have the best of both worlds and I’m incredibly proud of the women I work with that all bring something unique to the workplace.

“Women in leadership positions including myself lead from the front and champion young females to progress their careers.”

To ensure the very best talent is secured, Urban Real Estate heavily promotes and openly practise the values of family-friendly, flexible, inclusive and supportive.

“Returning mums from parental leave are provided with options to return in different capacities which the business accommodates,’’ says Ms Chammas.

“This flexibility enables the company to retain top talent while they adapt to their new work and life requirements without compromising on earning capacity.

“The age range of mums at Urban Real Estate is from 17 to 65.”

Urban Real Estate works across culturally diverse regions and employs many nationalities including European, Central and Southern Asia and Middle Eastern.

“Culture is a powerful driver for movement within organisations because it influences employee engagement, retention, talent attraction, innovation and adaptability,’’ Ms Chammas said.

The Urban Real Estate network covers both the South West and North West growth corridors as well as the Hunter and Illawarra regions.

Despite the geographical spread, the company is set up as a group with each office supporting one another.

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