|By JCN Newswire||
|September 24, 2012 10:06 PM EDT||
Professionals were asked at what level of seniority are women able to achieve in business, before hitting a 'glass ceiling' or a barrier preventing further advancement. In a foreign company, nearly half (48%) of female respondents feel no glass ceiling exists while 28% believe women can be promoted up to a C-suite position. Opinions shift for Japanese firms, however, as only 18% believe there is no glass ceiling; 32% believe the highest position a woman can achieve is the managerial level.
Professionals also believe that gender affects remuneration. 60% of female respondents feel that in a foreign company, men and women receive similar salary, while 18% feel women receive less than men at the same level of seniority. Conversely in a Japanese company, only 9% believe they receive similar salaries to men, while 68% of women feel they will be paid less. Male professionals who took the survey generally feel that gender differences are less prevalent compared to female respondents.
Ryosuke Oyama, Associate Director of the Japanese Business Division comments: "Perceptions on gender inequality can affect a worker's decision on the type of companies they will consider when changing jobs. With women representing a larger proportion of skilled, bilingual labour in the Japanese workforce, these sentiments may influence a Japanese or foreign company's ability to hire the talent needed for globalisation."
For the full report, visit www.robertwalters.co.jp/company/pdf/EIS_2012_eng.pdf .
At what level of seniority do you feel a woman can achieve
before hitting a 'glass ceiling' in a foreign company?
No glass ceiling for women 48% 49%
C-suite 28% 29%
Director/Board 14% 13%
Executive/Senior manager 7% 7%
Manager 2% 2%
At what level of seniority in a Japanese company?
No glass ceiling for women 18% 22%
C-suite 8% 14%
Director/Board 28% 22%
Executive/Senior manager 14% 12%
Manager 32% 31%
How do you feel remuneration compares between women and men
at the same level of seniority in a foreign company?
Women receive less pay 18% 12%
Women receive more pay 0% 3%
Men and women receive similar pay 60% 69%
Unsure 21% 16%
How do you feel remuneration compares in a Japanese company?
Women receive less pay 68% 58%
Women receive more pay 0% 3%
Men and women receive similar pay 9% 18%
Unsure 24% 21%
About the Employee Insights Survey
The Robert Walters 2012 Employee Insights Survey polled nearly 700 professionals across Japan. The results provide a snapshot on how people work and their thoughts on current issues affecting both their job and the professional decisions they make.
About Robert Walters PLC
Robert Walters is one of the leading international recruitment consultancies and uses its distinct advantages of size, proven track record, and unparalleled global network to provide permanent and contract recruitment solutions across all industry sectors. www.robertwalters.com
Source: Robert Walters PLC
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