With International Women's Day on 8 March, global PwC research shows that bias in the workplace towards men is still rife across the world
WOMEN are still being hindered at work according to an international survey of more than 40,000 international workers.
The PwC research, Next generation diversity – Developing tomorrow’s female leaders, found that more than half of those surveyed do not feel that work opportunities are equal for all.
The Big Four firm asked more than 40,000 people, born between 1980 to 1995, and nicknamed the millennials, their opinion on workplace gender equality.
Nearly a third (29%) thought that employers are too biased towards male employees when it comes to promotion.
The perception of gender bias remains a concern with estimates showing that women will only make up 25% of the global workforce by 2020.
Laura Hinton (pictured), HR consulting partner at PwC, said: “If we want to see sustainable change, a focus on women in leadership is not enough. We must also focus our efforts on the workforce from day one, so that we can develop millennial women into the leaders of tomorrow.”
PwC’s report revealed six key themes to attract and retain women of this generation. Women in this generation or more highly educated that their predecessors on the whole; they are more confident and ambitious to climb the career ladder; they will drive “unprecedented” shift in work/life organisational culture shifts; they prefer face-to-face feedback discussions; they have a higher appetite for international experience than previous generations; and an employer’s image and reputation matters to them.
International Women’s Day is on 8 March – #IWD2014