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Despite campaigns, seminars and promotions about gender equality in the workplace, offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia have a long way to go in achieving that.
It is a known fact that women make less than men for doing the same job and are 25% less likely than men to get the raise they ask for. To make things worse, employees in these regions simply prefer not to have a woman as their boss, according to findings from Randstad Workmonitor.
The research measured the preferences employees had for a male direct manager. Globally, 65% of all respondents stated they preferred a male boss, which is bad news for gender diversity.
Unfortunately the numbers for Hong Kong are even higher, where 78% of Hongkongers admitted they prefer a male boss. Singapore is close behind at 76%, followed by Malaysia at 73%. Globally only Japan (80%) and Greece (80%) have a higher percentage of workers who prefer a male boss.
Another interesting finding is that even women respondents declared a strong preference for male direct bosses, with women in Singapore (74%), Hong Kong (74%) and Malaysia (63%) beating the much lower global average of 58%.
Despite numerous reports highlighting the pay gap between genders, 79% of employees globally felt that men and women in similar roles were rewarded equally. This perception was equally reflected in Asia – with respondents in Singapore (81%), Hong Kong (81%) and Malaysia (83%) echoing the sentiment.
Managing director for Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Michael Smith expressed his concern over the results, “The Workmonitor results show a worrying trend in this region with such strong preferences for having male bosses in the workplace – despite open discussions around the issue of gender equality going on around the world.”
“Corporate and government initiatives are just a start, but for real change to take place, the issues around gender equality need to be recognised and mind-sets need to evolve. As a staunch supporter of gender equality in the workplace, I expect to see these sentiments slowly change for the better over the coming years as traditional family structures, where the notion of men being the sole family breadwinner, are starting to be challenged in the region,” Smith added.
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