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Women Still Believe Barriers to Career Progression Exist

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), which took place on 8th March, PwC has released the results of an international survey conducted to find out about women’s career development experiences and aspirations. 

They found that women are confident, ambitious and ready for what’s next, but many apparently don’t trust what their employers are telling them about career development and promotion; or what helps or hurts their career.

The results suggest that although CEOs recognise the importance of being transparent about their diversity and inclusion programmes to build trust, the message isn’t universal and strong enough.

Around 45% of women believe an employee's diversity status (gender, ethnicity, age, sexual preference) can be a barrier to career progression in their organisation, and only 51% of women agree that employers are doing enough to progress gender diversity.

According to 58% of women surveyed, the most important step employers can take to improve career development opportunities is providing greater transparency. This means offering staff a clear understanding of the expectations on both sides of the employment equation, including information about career progression and success, and open conversations with employees on where they stand and what is expected of them to advance.

The survey also revealed that 42% of women surveyed feel apprehensive about the impact starting a family might have on their career, and 48% of new mothers felt overlooked for promotions and special projects upon their return to work. In addition, 38% of all women questioned expressed a belief that taking advantage of work life balance and flexibility programmes has negative career consequences at their workplace.

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