According to the HR specialist at Manpower, it will still need another 17 years for women to have the same opportunities as men in the workplace. The pay gap in Belgium is still nearly 10% in the 21st century, and although women make up 50% of the active population in the world, only 25% of them hold leadership roles.
The Manpower survey taken of 222 men and women in management roles globally shows that there is a “deeply-rooted masculine culture,” which holds back employers from allowing women to climb career ladders.
As a general rule, political measures and programmes which favour equality across work types have been judged as not very effective. Only 27% of European citizens trust them as a means to allow the development of gender equality.
Only six out of ten male business leaders think it is necessary to create an unbiased gender culture so as to promote women more.
Taking both sexes together, 42% of managers consider that one of the keys to success will be offering flexible working hours, where results, and not hours worked, will be taken into account.
Whatever happens, Manpower’s study shows that it will take at least 17 years for equality between the sexes to be a reality on the ground. Baby-boomers and those within Gen X (35 years and over) are more optimistic than managers coming from the Millennial Generation (34 years or less), since they focus respectively on transition periods of 14 and 22 years.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)