Still not enough fe­male se­nior man­agers in SA: sur­vey

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

AC­CORD­ING to Grant Thorn­ton’s In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Re­port, “Women in Busi­ness: New per­spec­tives on risk and re­ward”, based on its an­nual sur­vey of 5 500 busi­nesses in 36 economies, 28 per­cent of se­nior man­age­ment roles in South African busi­nesses are held by women in 2017.

“While this is an im­prove­ment from last year’s level of 23 per­cent, it is con­cern­ing that this num­ber has not im­proved be­yond 29 per­cent in all the 13 years since we started do­ing this sur­vey,” said Chris­telle Grohmann, a direc­tor of ad­vi­sory ser­vices at Grant Thorn­ton. The re­search also shows this is a global phe­nom­e­non. Fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion in se­nior man­age­ment has a long way to go in North Amer­ica (23 per­cent), the G7 economies (22 per­cent) and de­vel­oped economies in Asia Pa­cific (13 per­cent).

South Africa com­pares favourably, with only 31 per­cent of busi­nesses hav­ing no women in se­nior man­age­ment, down from 39 per­cent last year. How­ever, 2017’s level is con­cern­ing.

Grohmann be­lieves there is a clear busi­ness case for hav­ing more women in lead­er­ship.

Grant Thorn­ton In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Re­port (IBR). Its IBR pro­vides in­sight into the views and ex­pec­ta­tions of more than 10 000 busi­nesses per year across 36 economies. This unique sur­vey draws upon 22 years of trend data.

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