On August 14th, Empire data bank announced the results of a survey on women in the workplace and the results aren’t looking too good.
According to the data, over 81.1 per cent of Japanese companies have 10 per cent or fewer women in managerial roles. On average, women account for only 6.2 per cent of the country’s managers and 8.4 per cent of its directors.
The survey asked for responses from 23,485 companies and also looked into their opinions around hiring women in the workplace. Only 11,017 companies responded.
This survey clearly shows the plan will be nowhere near becoming reality.
This graph shows the rate of women in the work place. The three rows represent, in order, employees, management, and CEOs. The orange colour represents the distribution of men in each role and as you can see the higher the responsibility the more men there are.
The survey also broke down the results by industry showing high rates of women in management positions in the retail industries, for example, jewellery sales at 46 per cent, textiles and dress accessories at 37.4 per cent, and the hotel industry at 16.2 per cent. Meanwhile, the rates within industries such as transportations, manufacturing, or construction lagged behind.
A large percentage of companies – 45.5 per cent to be exact – that answered the survey said that they were actively hiring women as they are as capable as men.
However, 31.2 per cent of companies had a negative response on the subject of hiring women. The main reasons as stated by those companies: women don’t have the qualifications or the job simply isn’t suitable for them.
For a closer look at the data, please check out this link.