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Gender equality in the workplace

Update: March, 14/2013 - 09:30

HCM CITY (VNS)— Viet Nam is among the top 10 countries in terms of increasing proportion of women in senior management positions after posting a 30 per cent growth rate last year.

Others in the top ten include China, Latvia, and the Philippines, the latest Grant Thornton Business Report (IBR) released late last week said.

Globally, 24 per cent of senior management roles are now filled by women, up from 21 per cent in 2012 and 20 per cent in 2011.

But the G7 rich economies are at the bottom with just 21 per cent of senior jobs filled by women.

The IBR data reveals that flexible working, while welcomed by many, does not appear to be a determining factor in getting women into top positions.

In the G7 countries, 72 per cent of businesses provide flexibility to employees, but it is only 27 per cent in China and 40 per cent in the BRIC economies.

Viet Nam is a leader in this category with over 70 per cent of companies offering flexible working hours.

But 55 per cent of businesses world-wide said they are against the idea of quotas for the number of women on the boards of large listed companies.

Trinh Thi Tuyet Anh, audit director of Grant Thornton Vietnam, said: "Given the highly flexible working hours in Viet Nam and the Government's favourable policy for ‘gender equality', many Vietnamese women are taking the opportunity and are increasingly proving themselves in the work place.

"Being women, we realise that there are more opportunities in senior management roles – and we are rising to the challenge."

The IBR provides insight into the views and expectations of more than 12,500 businesses in 44 economies. — VNS

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