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Over half of women in the UK workforce feel suppressed by their gender

Research by global professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley, reveals that 58% of female professionals across the UK workforce feel their gender has suppressed progression opportunities at some point in their careers. Across the UK, 61% of men believe male and female employees are paid equally, yet only 25% of women think salaries are equal.

Morgan McKinley’s ‘Gender Equality in the Workplace’ survey of 2,500 global employees was conducted in the lead up to International Women’s Day. UK based respondents working across Financial Services, Professional Services and Commerce sectors revealed that:

  • 63% of men feel their current employer does enough to ensure gender equality at work, whereas 32% of women felt the same way
  • When interviewing, the gender of the interviewer is irrelevant to success: 75% said the interviewer’s gender doesn’t make a difference to their confidence
  • 33% of female respondents believe they have the same progression opportunities as male colleagues, whilst 71% of men think they are presented with equal opportunities to progress their careers as their female colleagues
  • 61% believe there is more workplace gender equality compared to 5 years ago

“The route to both achieving gender equality in the workplace, and ensuring those within businesses feel there is a commitment to this, is a deep-rooted issue which is clearly still some way off from being completely rectified” commented Darren Burns, Operations Director at Morgan McKinley UK. “This research suggests companies have progressed, but it’s worrying to learn that there isn’t a level playing field in terms of equal career development opportunities. How can we ever solve an issue that involves different parties if one side does not believe there is a problem, or only sees it as a minor issue, while the other side perceives it as a large, continuing problem?”

Across the eight locations: Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore and the UK, it was found that the UK had the highest percentage (40%) who felt employers don’t do enough to address the gender inequality issue within the workplace. In addition, the UK came joint worst (with Singapore) in terms of perception of whether male and female employees are paid equally at their companies at 34%.


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