HR managers in the finance sector believe men have an advantage over women in reaching management level, while female staff are also perceived to be less focused on climbing the career.
According to research, 39 per cent of HR and finance managers believe female staff in the finance sector are less motivated to reach management than their male colleagues.
In addition, more than a quarter of those questioned believe men have an advantage over women when trying to reach management positions.
The survey, by consultancy Accountemps, also revealed that only 1 per cent felt women had an advantage over men in the same situation.
More than 1,550 HR and finance staff from nine countries were questioned as part of the research, which seems to show that equality is still a problem in the sector.
Ian Graves, a manager at Accountemps, said: "Female finance professionals should not be deterred in their career advancement by these results. There is still a tremendous amount of opportunity for women working in finance, and our survey showed that the majority of our respondents (65 per cent) have a female to male ratio of finance staff of more than 50 per cent.
"There is, however, a clear need for perceptions of women in the industry to change if they are to have the same career opportunities as men. Hopefully surveys like this will highlight this need," he added.