By Niall McCarthy

Earlier this week, in order to mark International Women’s Day, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report showing that women still face enormous challenges finding and keeping decent jobs. Today, women have an employment-to-population ratio of 46 percent compared to nearly 72 percent for men. That represents an improvement of just 0.6 percentage points since 1995. The proportion of women in senior leadership roles around the world has also shown very little improvement over the past decade or so, currently standing at about 22 percent, according to Grant Thornton.

The industries where women are most likely to progress into upper management positions are education and social services, along with healthcare. In these two industries, one in four senior managers is female on average. 33 percent of senior management roles in hospitality are held by women, along with 27 percent in the food and beverage sector. The technology sector has been harshly criticised for its predominantly male workforce over the years and Grant Thornton’s research reveals that only 19 percent of senior tech positions are held by women. In late 2014, women accounted for less than one in five tech jobs at Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Twitter.


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