In terms of career advancement, family commitment is still impacting women more than men. 9% of female respondents that were seeking career advancement cited “family commitment and lack of support” as the key barrier compared with only 1.4% of male respondents.
Family commitments also hindered women to acquire new skills (10%), while only 4% of male respondents viewed that as their barrier. This could explain why more men in Hong Kong (21%) were actively looking to “learn a new technology” compared with women (17%).
“More can be done to understand the gender gap, and the opportunities and barriers faced by women. Only then can businesses and the community champion gender equal initiatives and achieve a more balanced representation, thereby helping women gain access to desired opportunities and to allow women to thrive in the workplace," Feon Ang, Vice-President of Learning and Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific, said.
“The business community can nurture stronger support systems through a deeper understanding of women’s ambitions and barriers to opportunities, to inspire them to learn new skills and seek opportunities to advance their careers and progress in lives.”
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