New data from LinkedIn reveals that women continue to be underrepresented at senior management levels in Ireland.
Data, included in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022, shows that 46 per cent of entry-level positions in Ireland are held by women. At managerial level, this drops slightly to 42 percent.
However, only 24 per cent of C-suite positions in Ireland are held by women.
LinkedIn also recorded gender bias in internal promotions in Ireland based on profile information collected over the last year.
Men were 15 percent more likely to be promoted internally to a leadership role than their female counterparts in 2021.
This was one of the smallest differences in the likelihood of men being promoted internally to managerial positions, with Ireland ranking third out of 34 countries included in the report.
In the Netherlands, men are 69 percent more likely to receive an internal promotion, while in the Czech Republic, male employees are 81 percent more likely to be promoted than their female counterparts.
Data collected by LinkedIn also showed that here in Ireland there is a significant gap between women’s participation in an industry and women in managerial positions.
Just over half of those employed in the retail sector in Ireland are women, with only women holding 32 per cent of managerial positions. Health care as a whole had 55% women, while female leaders were 40%.
Wellness and fitness was another sector where women were more strongly represented, with women making up 63 percent of the workforce. Despite this, 46 percent of managers were women.
According to LinkedIn, the data indicated a need for “inclusive and fair hiring practices” as well as “internal mobility programs and flexible working.”
It also called on companies to remove bias from job descriptions, include women in interview rounds, and introduce mentoring and training programs for women at the pre-manager level.
“The pandemic hit working women harder than men as traditional gender roles asserted themselves and female-dominated sectors bore the brunt of the lockdowns,” said Sue Duke, global public policy director at LinkedIn.
“The severe shortage of women in senior positions remains a real concern, but the data shows that male colleagues are much more likely to be promoted to senior positions.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/less-than-a-quarter-of-c-suite-positions-in-ireland-held-by-women-41836506.html Less than a quarter of C-suite positions in Ireland are held by women