For the second year running a global survey by recruitment firm Hays has revealed that men are more likely than women to believe their employer is committed to achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Hays surveyed just under 1,400 people globally ahead of International Women’s Day to find out employees’ perception of their employer’s commitment to achieving gender equality in the workplace and the potential barriers to achieving it.
Overall 29% of respondents stated their employer isn’t fully committed to achieving gender equality, while encouragingly 53% said they thought their company was committed.
The results of the survey have seen an improvement on the previous year, with only 45% of respondents saying their employer was committed to achieving equality in 2019.
When breaking the results down by gender, 37% of women thought their employer wasn’t fully committed, compared to just 21% of men. Whereas only 45% of women thought their employer was committed to achieving gender equality in the workplace, compared to 60% of men.
Of the respondents who stated their employer wasn’t fully committed to achieving equality, Hays asked the areas in which they thought their employer could improve in order to support greater gender equality, overall 31% saying their place of work should provide equal opportunities, followed by equal pay on 25%, 17% said flexible working practices and 14% stated training to create more awareness of gender equality.
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Some 55% of women said equal pay was needed to achieve gender equality compared to 26% of men. Whereas 46% of men said equal opportunities were the priority versus just 28% of women.
For those respondents who had indicated their employer was committed to achieving gender equality, Hays asked which areas they thought their employee excelled in, overall 31% stated equal opportunities, 22% said flexible working practices and 21% said equal pay. When looking at the results by gender, men and women agreed.
Sandra Henke, Hays Group head of people and culture, said: “It’s positive to see that there has been an improvement in the results relating to the perception that companies are tackling gender equality.
“However, with 29% of workers stating their employer isn’t fully committed there is still clearly more work to be done. Businesses need to be transparent and communicate to their workforce the steps they are taking to tackle inequality.
“Purposely supporting and managing diversity and inclusion is becoming an increasingly important topic for businesses, especially at an executive level, and rightfully so.
“As the world continues to change rapidly, and the business environment becomes more challenging, it’s essential businesses ensure they have the best available ideas in the room, which means access to every voice.”