SUBSCRIBE: Newsletter

Human Resources

Toggle

Article

Gender diversity in Asia Pacific

Why is gender diversity in leadership still a huge issue for Singapore?



How do you know if your #learning is relevant for the #future?
Find out at the region's largest conference for HR and L&D practitioners, Learning & Development Asia, happening in September.
Register for early-bird savings now.

One-third of female employees in Singapore (32%) believe their management team would prefer to promote a male candidate over an equally-capable female candidate.

This worrying belief is prevalent across Asia Pacific, where in Robert Walters’ new whitepaper, more than half of women employees (52%), among a pool of 4,400 respondents in total, blamed this preferential trend for fewer women in leadership roles.

Indeed, four in five women across Asia Pacific (80%) attest to women being under-represented in leadership positions, a finding echoed by 75% of Singapore-based respondents. However, just 59% of male respondents across APAC shared this view, perhaps pointing to the heart of the issue.

Does your organisation have strong female role models in leadership?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

 

The whitepaper, titled Empowering Women In The Workplace, identified the top three reasons why women feel they continue to remain under-represented, and the above preferential treatment topped the list.

The second reason? Family pressures or commitments outside of work, said half of women (50%) as well as male (51%) respondents. The third most cited reason held the employer directly responsible – a workplace culture that does not actively foster diversity, inclusion and equality.

Robert Walters infographic on gender diversity

So what’s to be done to improve the situation and make gender diversity a non-issue? More than 70% of female respondents across Asia Pacific (71%), including Singapore (79%), asked for mentoring or sponsorship at senior management levels.

More than two in five regionally also called out for personalised training programmes (48%); formal leadership training sponsored by the employer (46%); as well as internal networking opportunities through meeting the senior management more often (44%).

Robert Walters infographic on how to improve gender diversity

 

Lead photo / 123RF



Back in Hong Kong for its fourth year on September 5 at the Hotel ICON, Learning and Development Asia is bigger and better than ever before and earned its reputation as the most influential L&D strategy event in Asia.
Book your tickets now!
Contact us now for an amazing group discount

Read More News

in Singapore by

HR salaries revealed

HR professionals are still in high demand, as compensation and benefits (C&B), learning and development (L&D), talent acquisition ..

Trending

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.