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Perception of Glass Ceiling Remains for Japanese Companies

Perception of Glass Ceiling Remains for Japanese Companies

In a recent Employee Insights Survey, nearly 700 professionals in Japan feel that gender differences are more prevalent in Japanese companies than in foreign firms. Respondents believe that it is more difficult for women to secure advancement opportunities and similar salary levels compared to their male counterparts.

Professionals were asked at what level of seniority are women able to achieve in business, before hitting a & lsquo;glass ceiling’ or a barrier preventing further advancement. In a foreign company, nearly half (48%) of female respondents feel no glass ceiling exists while 28% believe women can be promoted up to a C-suite position. Opinions shift for Japanese firms, however, as only 18% believe there is no glass ceiling 32% believe the highest position a woman can achieve is the managerial level.

Professionals also believe that gender affects remuneration. 60% of female respondents feel that in a foreign company, men and women receive similar salary, while 18% feel women receive less than men at the same level of seniority. Conversely in a Japanese company, only 9% believe they receive similar salaries to men, while 68% of women feel they will be paid less.

Male professionals who took the survey generally feel that gender differences are less prevalent compared to female respondents.

Ryosuke Oyama, Associate Director of the Japanese Business Division

comments: "Perceptions on gender inequality can affect a worker’s decision on the type of companies they will consider when changing jobs. With women representing a larger proportion of skilled, bilingual labour in the Japanese workforce, these sentiments may influence a Japanese or foreign company’s ability to hire the talent needed for globalisation."

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