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Just one in four women has had career conversation on how to develop leadership skills

Women are disproportionately impacted by a lack of career conversations, according to a report released today from Right Management, part of ManpowerGroup.


Only one in four has had a career conversation with their manager on how to develop leadership skills, at a time when progress towards gender parity has stalled and some say it could be as long as 17 years away. "Women, We Have a Problem" presents new research and practical steps to help employers achieve gender parity starting with the easiest and most cost-effective step of all: Career conversations.


The industries most affected by artificial intelligence, digitisation and robotics will disproportionately impact women, Right Management says. They are underrepresented in growth industries like IT, architecture and engineering and overrepresented in the sectors set to decline, like office and administration, finance and accounting positions. The company says we need to ensure that women's learnability - the desire and ability to learn new skills to stay relevant for the long-term is encouraged and they are given the opportunity to explore additional career options. 


Mara Swan, executive vice president of global strategy & talent at ManpowerGroup and global brand lead for Right Management, said, "Employers need to invest in career conversations to develop and retain women and ensure they have the skills needed to take advantage in shifts in industries and jobs so they are not left behind.


"While we cannot slow the rate of technological advance, we can invest in employees' skills to increase the relevance and resilience of our people and organizations, regardless of gender or social background. Fortunately, men don't own the corner on learnability. It's up to both employers and individuals to nurture learnability and upskill."


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