China Among Top 10 Countries for Women in Management

By Tom Lee, March 11, 2016

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Around 30 percent of senior business roles in China are held by women, putting the country at number nine of 36 economies surveyed, according to a study released by Grant Thornton on International Women’s Day.

Surprisingly, that means the PRC has more women in upper management than France (28 percent) Canada (26 percent), the United States (23 percent) and the United Kingdom (21 percent).

However, the ‘Women in Business 2016: Turning Promise into Practice’ report also noted that China’s 2015 figures are below its five-year average.

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Eastern European countries made up the majority of the top 10, with Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Georgia all ranking highly. Russia came out best with 45 percent of women in senior roles.

Predictably, India and Japan were two of the nations with the least women in higher-level positions – the latter had just 7 percent last year, with almost three-quarters of companies having no females in management at all.

Overall, women in senior roles worldwide were most likely to be HR directors (23 percent) or CFOs (21 percent) and least likely to be CEOs (9 percent), COOs or sales directors (both 8 percent).

The report also summed up the differences between genders on what makes a good leader in the workplace. While 42 percent of women said communication was important, only 32 percent of men agreed.

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