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Hong Kong falls behind when it comes to women in management

News by Dean Stallard, 14 NOV 2016

Hong Kong has taken a step backwards when it comes to gender diversity in the workplace, according to the results of a survey done for the 2015 Hays Asia Salary Guide. The findings show that Hong Kong has been overtaken by Malaysia when it comes to the number of women in senior management roles.

A total of 31 per cent of management positions in Hong Kong are held by women. This is down from 33 per cent last year. Across Asia, Hays found that China remains the region’s diversity leader, with 36 per cent of management roles held by women. This figure is unchanged year-on-year and compares favourably with the Asian average of 29 per cent.

China was followed by Malaysia (34 per cent, up from 29 per cent last year), Hong Kong (31 per cent), and Singapore (27 per cent, unchanged year-on-year). Japan is still falling behind in the diversity stakes, with women in the country filling just 19 per cent of management positions. Critically, this is up from 15 per cent one year prior.

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