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61% believe there is more gender equality compared to 5 years ago

Over half, 58%, of female professionals in the UK workforce believe their gender has supressed their progression opportunities at some point during their careers, according to Morgan McKinley. Only 25% of women think male and female salaries are equal, compared with 61% of men.

The survey of 2,500 employees globally found that only a third of women (32%) think their employer does enough to ensure gender equality in the workplace, compared to 63% of men. Progression opportunities are lacking for women – only 33% of women think they have the same progression opportunities as male colleagues. 71% of men believe there are equal progression opportunities for both men and women. In more positive news, almost two thirds (61%) think there is more workplace gender equality than there was five years ago.

“The route to both achieving gender equality in the workplace, and ensuring those within businesses feel there is a commitment to this, is a deep-rooted issue which is clearly still some way off from being completely rectified,” commented Darren Burns, operations director at Morgan McKinley UK. “This research suggests companies have progressed, but it’s worrying to learn that there isn’t a level playing field in terms of equal career development opportunities. How can we ever solve an issue that involves different parties if one side does not believe there is a problem, or only sees it as a minor issue, while the other side perceives it as a large, continuing problem?”

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