Increase in number of women given management roles

More
women are starting to get promoted into management roles, according to research
by the Institute of Management.

A
quarter of managers are now women compared to 9 per cent a decade ago, and one
in 10 directors is female which represents a fivefold  increase from the early 1990s.

The
report called A Woman’s Place? also shows that a third of the 1,500 women
surveyed believe that their organisation still discriminates against female
managers in terms of pay policy. Almost half think women still suffer
discrimination when it comes to promotion.

Mary
Chapman, director general of the Institute of Management, said, "It’s good
news that women are using their training and skills to grasp opportunities in
management.

"But
many still perceive unacceptable levels of discrimination in pay and promotion.
Organisations need to tackle these issues head-on with transparent reward and
promotion procedures based on ability and achievement."

The
research shows that women in senior management positions are becoming important
role models. The number of women who cite their female manager as a source of
career support has risen from 16 per cent in 1992 to 26 per cent.

However,
35 per cent still list the "old boys’ network" as a career barrier –
a drop of 8 per cent since 1992 – and 16 per cent still say they are hindered
by sexual discrimination – down from 23 per cent.

Over
a quarter cite family commitments as a career barrier.

www.inst-mgt.org.uk

By
Lisa Bratby

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