Study highlights workforce gender bias

A new study of male and female roles in organisations shows men dominate almost every sector.



A “massive gender bias” exists in the UK workforce with 82% of CEOs, 92% of chairs and 73% of directors of UK organisations being male, according to a new study.

The study by Glass ai is believed to be the first to use artificial intelligence to collect primary research material of this kind. Glass analysed over 200 million web pages of employers across the complete .UK domain.

It looked at 108 economic sectors, of which 87% were found to be biased towards men. Women dominated in just 5% of sectors despite making up 47% of employees. These included veterinary practice and primary and secondary education.

Divisions by job role

Men and women are also divided by role. The study says that 95% of receptionists, legal secretaries and care assistants are female, while 85% of investment bankers are male.  Some 73% of editors and writers are male. The most common male roles were service engineer and technical director. The common female ones were medical secretary and practice nurse.

The study found that even the creative industries such as music, internet and photography were overwhelmingly male-dominated and male-biased.

Meanwhile, BBC analysis of median pay indicates that four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, although the average gap has reduced when all those who have reported is taken into account. About one in 10 employers have reported their latest figures so far, ahead of the April 4th deadline for the private sector. Of those 1,146 companies, the median gender pay gap reported is 8.4%; last year, the media gender pay gap was 9.7%.

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