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Exploring the gender divide

Hays global diversity survey 2015
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Women are less likely than their male co-workers to believe that pay equality and equal career opportunities exist for both genders in the workplace, according to our latest survey. We explore the gender divide and what can be done to improve diversity in the world of work.

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As an organisation known for supporting the advancement of women in the workplace, Hays understand that although progress is being made, gender diversity remains a business critical issue.

In the Hays global survey of almost 6,000 people, released for International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March, 18 per cent of men think that equally capable male and female workers are not paid or rewarded equally, compared to 45 per cent of women. In the UK, the figures are even more startling, with 17 per cent of men compared to 57 per cent of women thinking that male and females are not paid or rewarded in an equal manner.


The survey also found that almost one in two women (48 per cent) compared to one in five men (20 per cent) say that the same career opportunities are not open to equally capable colleagues of both genders. In the UK, the figure was a slightly greater proportion than the global average with figures of 56 per cent of women and 18 per cent of men.


What did people think would improve gender diversity?

The results below show what changes our survey respondents think would have the biggest impact on diversity:

  • Changes to workplace culture through education across the business (49 per cent)

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  • More flexible working practices (45 per cent)

  • Highlighting female role models (32 per cent)

  • Changes to government policy (28 per cent)

  • Better board backing for diversity issues (27 per cent)

  • Changes to organisational policy (26 per cent)

Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland says:

"Our survey shows there is a major disparity between the views of men and women when it comes to equal pay and equal opportunities and this is more apparent in the UK than many other countries.

“The problem is particularly acute in the UK where fewer women believe that reward is equal compared to the global figure. However, the UK is aligned with the global perspective when it comes to the changes that people think will have a big impact on diversity and it is clear that cultural workplace changes are needed if we are to make inroads with this issue. Many organisations now have specific programmes in place to address diversity issues and initiatives like Hays Leading Women are helping but it is clear we still have lots of ground to make up.”

5,949 people were surveyed across 31 countries during December 2014 and January 2015. The survey received responses from over 700 people based in the UK.

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