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Women are increasingly breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ and have increasing employment opportunities, particularly in terms of career advancement and remuneration, according to new research.
The research by recruitment specialist Robert Half is based on interviews with over 180 HR directors and finds over three quarters of respondents (78 per cent) do not believe that men have an advantage over women in the workplace, demonstrating that there is progress being made on the gender front.
Despite this optimism, a fifth of HR directors do not think that women are on par with men in the workplace, indicating that there may still be inconsistencies based on gender.
Half of the respondents believe that family commitments are responsible for this imbalance and a significant number of HR directors consider lack of promotional opportunities and the desire to maintain a good work life balance the differentiating factors between men and women’s professional development.
The research also reveals that initiatives specifically designed to support women’s advancement in the workplace are low on the agenda for a majority of UK companies, with only 41 per cent of HR directors saying they have or plan to introduce programmes specifically tailored for women.
Companies in London are leading the way here (42 per cent), as are organisations in the public sector (48 per cent). For those who do have policies in place, 93 per cent of respondents believe they are effective in helping women become professionally on par with men in the workplace.