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Hays report confirms ongoing gender gap in career progression, pay and rewards in Australian workplaces

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Hays report confirms ongoing gender gap in career progression, pay and rewards in Australian workplaces

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Hays has released survey results in the lead-up to International Women’s Day which show workplace gender gaps remain in career progression, pay, and flexible working options.

The results of a Hays careers survey confirm a gender gap remains in Australian workplaces.

Hays surveyed 842 Australians, of whom 62% were female and 48% were male, and released the results last week in the lead-up to tomorrow’s International Women’s Day.

Findings include:

Career progression

  • 93% of women and 63% of men think women encounter barriers in their career progression,
  • 35% of men and 14% of women think that equal career opportunities are open to them regardless of gender,
  • 23% of female respondents said their last promotion was more than five years ago compared to 17% of male respondents,
  • 80% of respondents said the most senior person in their organisation was male,
  • 61% said their manager was male,
  • 38% said their working team is mostly female, 34% said mostly men and 28% had a balanced team,
  • 65% of men compared to 47% of women believe they have the opportunity in their current role to sufficiently promote themselves and communicate ambitions,
  • 38% of women compared to 22% of men are not confident that their line manager knows what their ambitions are,
  • 28% of females are dissatisfied with their current seniority level, compared to 11% of males, and
  • 58% of those dissatisfied females said it was because they are limited in opportunities to progress by their current employer.

Pay and rewards

  • 58% of men and 19% of women think they are paid in an equal manner regardless of gender, and
  • 86% of female respondents compared to 48% of men thought women encounter barriers outside of their control in regards to getting paid in an equal manner to men.

Flexible working options

  • 51% of all respondents said flexible working options were available to them in their current organisation,
  • 44% believe that, to some degree, flexible working options have improved the representation of women in executive and leadership roles,
  • 96% of female respondents thought it was important that agile and flexible working options are available to them in their organisation, compared to 86% of men,
  • more than 80% believe shared parental leave and child rearing responsibility would break down unconscious biases and improve gender diversity,
  • just 19% said their organisation offers parental leave for male employees on equal terms to female employees,
  • the majority said men in their organisation rarely take (27%) or take only some (46%) of their entitled parental leave, and
  • 61% of men said this is due to financial impact whereas 42% of women said it’s because they may be viewed as less committed to their career.

 

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Ben Ice

Ben Ice was MarketingMag editor from August 2017 - February 2020

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