Alt-right journalist says gender inequality is a conspiracy
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Research polling 2,000 adults found 39 percent believe there’s gender bias where they work when it comes to being considered for career enhancing opportunities – like being a project lead. But more women (42 percent) than men (35 percent) believe this to be true – suggesting they felt this more acutely. While around a fifth (17 percent) of females have made the conscious decision not to apply for a job or promotion for fear of being discriminated against because of their sex.
Commissioned by Samsung Pioneers, Samsung UK’s gender equality platform, the research also found just 19 percent believe there is no bias towards males or females where they work.
Charlotte Grant, head of engagement and inclusion at Samsung UK and Ireland, said: “We are moving in the right direction as shown by this research, which is certainly encouraging.
“But there is still a long way to go to achieve total gender parity in the workplace.
“Companies have an active role to play in tackling this, creating a culture where conscious inclusion is a part of everyone’s everyday and where actively challenging bias becomes the norm”.
The study also found 44 percent of adults still think of particular jobs as exclusively male or female.
Notably, 29 percent consider the role of CEO to be something a man does – while just three percent consider this position to be a woman’s job.
But it’s not just roles which are seen as male or female – particular characteristics or skills are considered to be more prominent in one gender or the other.
Carried out through OnePoll, the study found men are four times more likely than women to have perceived leadership skills – 23 percent compared to five percent.
While women are believed to be more empathetic – 45 percent compared to four percent, and better at listening – 39 per cent compared to six per cent for men.
And although most of those polled consider UK industries to be largely gender-neutral, sectors such as engineering, law enforcement and technology are still seen as male dominated.
Charlotte Grant added: “At Samsung, we believe equality and inclusion is fundamental in shaping a better future and our workforce should mirror our diverse customer base.
“Whilst we know there is always more to do, we are committed to putting this into practice, most recently launching our [email protected] Employee Resource Group and rolling out conscious inclusion awareness training throughout our entire UK & Ireland business to advocate positive change.”
SKILLS/QUALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH MEN
Assertiveness (28 percent)
Leadership (23 percent)
Numeracy (13 percent)
Productive (11 percent)
Resourceful (10 percent)
SKILLS/QUALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH WOMEN
Empathy (45 percent)
Listening (39 percent)
Understanding (33 percent)
Social skills (24 percent)
Organisational (23 percent)
INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATED WITH MEN
Engineering (33 percent)
Law enforcement/security (29 percent)
Trade (e.g. bricklayers, plumbers, etc.) (29 percent)
Technology (19 percent)
Finance (17 percent)
INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATED WITH WOMEN
Fashion (30 percent)
Retail (14 percent)
Healthcare (14 percent)
Hospitality (13 percent)
Art and Design (11 percent)
INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATED AS GENDER NEUTRAL
Leisure (81 percent)
Performing arts (80 percent)
Law (79 percent)
Recruitment (79 percent)
Art and Design (78 percent)
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