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Germany – Employees want gender quota

10 April 2013

Politicians in Germany are currently debating whether the country should introduce a gender quota to increase the levels of women in supervisory boards to 40%. Parliament is expected to vote on introducing a gender quota later this month and Randstad questioned employees whether legislation is the right way forward.

According to the majority of respondents, over half (56%) of employees support appropriate legislation to introduce gender quotas at companies.

The latest employment barometer by the recruiter also found that over two thirds of companies (68%) have employed men in management positions. 42% of employees said they prefer male bosses, compared to only 32% who would favour a female superior.

But at the same time the survey revealed that 40% of employees consider women to be better managers than men. And the majority of workers advocated a greater degree of gender diversity at the workplace. Yet, 78% think that women face more challenges to be promoted to a managerial post.

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