A new Morgan McKinley survey shows the majority of women think their gender has impacted their career progression and that men and women perceive gender equality at work very differently.
Over half of female professionals believe their gender has negatively affected their progression opportunities at some point in their career, according to new research which highlights large differences between male and female perceptions of gender equality.
The research by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that 58% of female professionals across the UK workforce feel their gender has suppressed progression opportunities at some point in their careers.
It also found that, across the UK, 61% of men believe male and female employees are paid equally, yet only 25% of women think salaries are equal.
Morgan McKinley’s ‘Gender Equality in the Workplace’ survey of 2,500 global employees was conducted in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. UK-based respondents working across Financial Services, Professional Services and Commerce sectors revealed that:
“The route to both achieving gender equality in the workplace, and ensuring those within businesses feel there is a commitment to this, is a deep-rooted issue which is clearly still some way off from being completely rectified,” said Darren Burns, Operations Director at Morgan McKinley UK. “This research suggests companies have progressed, but it’s worrying to learn that there isn’t a level playing field in terms of equal career development opportunities. How can we ever solve an issue that involves different parties if one side does not believe there is a problem, or only sees it as a minor issue, while the other side perceives it as a large, continuing problem?”
Across the eight locations: Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore and the UK, it was found that the UK had the highest percentage (40%) who felt employers don’t do enough to address the gender inequality issue within the workplace. In addition, the UK came joint worst (with Singapore) in terms of perception of whether male and female employees are paid equally at their companies at 34%.