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Are you ready to #PledgeForParity?

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). While we have a lot to celebrate here in Australia on IWD, many Australians would argue that progress towards workplace gender equality can still be hindered today by people, more often than not men, who fail to see any problem.

Insights David Cawley 08 March 2016
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Here at Hays we surveyed 603 Australians and found that far fewer men than women believe that female employees face any gender-based inequality at work. Moreover while men still dominate senior roles there is almost no difference in female and male ambition for such roles.


Our survey found that 91 per cent of men think there is equal pay between genders compared to 50 per cent of women.

83 per cent of men said the same career opportunities are open to equally capable colleagues regardless of gender compared to 49 per cent of women.

89 per cent of all respondents, both men and women, said the most senior person within their organisation is male and 65 per cent said that their line manager is also male.

Given that the majority of people in executive and senior management roles are still men, it’s difficult to see how gender parity can be accelerated when many of those in positions of influence do not see any inequality issue to begin with.

Our survey also found that female and male ambition for management and director roles is nearly identical. 43 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men aspire to reach director or MD/CEO level. But only 51 per cent of women feel they have the opportunity to self-promote and communicate their ambitions in the workplace, compared to 60 per cent of men.

I find it interesting that there is little difference between male and female ambition for reaching senior positions. But being able to promote your achievements is a key part of successful career development and reaching such roles. When only half of women feel they have the opportunity to self-promote and communicate their ambitions, employers must do more to ensure opportunities are communicated to all and recognise and draw out the skills and ambitions of those around them.

The 2016 IWD theme is ‘pledging for parity’. This year IWD calls for everyone, both men and women, “to pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly”.


Are you ready to #PledgeForParity?
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David Cawley

David Cawley

David Cawley is Regional Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance nationally and also has full operational responsibility for regional offices in NSW, including Burwood, Hurstville, Liverpool, Parramatta and Wollongong. He has overall responsibility for over 35 staff based in these locations.

David began his career with Hays Education, based in the UK over 12 years ago. Here he was instrumental in establishing a number of new business areas and managed a number of outsourced public sector contracts. David has worked extensively across both the private and public sector within both the UK and Australia and has extensive experience within the temp and perm market.

David took the opportunity to relocate to Australia with Hays in August 2010. David has a BSc degree within Architecture and Town and Country Planning.