The barriers to progression for women: does the glass ceiling still exist?
30 August 2012
According to a survey of 1,000 working women conducted by Ernst & Young, the four main barriers to progression for women are:
- Being too young or too old, with being too young apparently the biggest barrier
- Lack of experience or qualifications
- Lack of a female role model.
How can women overcome these barriers?
Those surveyed identified the following main ways in which their organisations could assist:
- More support after returning to work from having children
- More support at every stage of the career lifecycle
- More visible female role models.
The women also identified the following steps that government could take:
- Enforcing companies to reveal the pay gap between men and women
- Affordable child-care and tax-relief for childcare
- Policy guidance on flexible working for businesses
Does the glass ceiling still exist?
Based on the survey findings, Ernst & Young concluded that “the concept of a single glass ceiling is an outdated model”. But has there ever been such a concept? Surely the reasons preventing more women holding senior positions have always been manifold.
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