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World – Asian countries hire fewer women

08 March 2013

Almost two-thirds (64%) of employers around the globe recruit more male than female managers with these numbers running particularly high in Asian countries such as China, India and Japan. This is according to new research by Randstad which quizzed employees in over 30 countries about work trends.

It found that nearly half of respondents (46%) would like to see more women in leadership positions. But attitudes in China, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia indicate that employees there still prefer male over female leadership. The contrary was the case in Spain, Chile and Mexico where a large number of respondents favoured women in management jobs.

The survey also showed that over half of employers globally (57%) encourage women to pursue such jobs with support being high in Australia, Canada and the US. Less encouragement came from Hungary, Japan and Czech Republic.  

Despite most employees believing men and women earn equal wages, around a third said that women are still at a disadvantage when it comes to pay.  Such pay gaps were more evident in China and India while Luxembourg, Argentina and Mexico experience less inequality.

There were also mixed opinions regarding part-time work in management positions. While 40% of employers globally see no problem with managers working on a part-time basis, over half (54%) believed this would hinder career opportunities.  

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