Saturday, 25 June 2016

Women fail to reach the top

Women are under-represented on boards and in top executive posts, an Inside Housing survey of 67 of the largest social landlords in the UK has revealed.

Just 38 per cent of senior management and 35 per cent of board member posts in the housing organisations polled were filled by women, the study showed.

Women fill the lion’s share of lower level jobs - 56 per cent - in housing associations, local authority housing departments and arm’s-length management organisations.

The research also showed that women are in the minority at middle management level: fewer than half such posts - 47 per cent - are held by women.

However, in a separate Inside Housing survey of 328 workers carried out last month, most housing professionals described gender equality in the sector as either great or good for female employees. Ninety-four per cent of those polled were women.

Four in 10 of those surveyed said there was a glass ceiling for women in the housing sector. Almost a third of respondents said a male colleague may have been promoted ahead of them purely because of their gender.

Readers' comments (13)

Comments are only open to subscribers of Inside Housing

Already a subscriber?

If you’re already a subscriber to Inside Housing, your subscription may not be linked to your online account. You can link your subscription from within the My Account section of the website and clicking on Link My Account.

Not yet a subscriber?

If you don't yet subscribe to Inside Housing, please visit our subscription page to view our various subscription packages.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register

Newsletter Sign-up

Related

Articles

  • Forgotten women

    13 May 2016

    The number of women sleeping rough has doubled over the past six years. Bill Randall argues more needs to done to cater for their needs.

  • Bedroom tax tenants 'fail to downsize'

    18 December 2015

    Just 8% of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have moved to smaller properties, an official study commissioned by the government has found.

  • Top 60 Developments: winners announced

    16 October 2015

    Success and innovation in housing development were celebrated at an awards ceremony organised by Inside Housing which took place in London today.

  • Help to Buy sales reach monthly high

    9 September 2015

    The number of people taking up the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme hit a record high in June, official figures reveal.

  • Councils top up DHP pots

    25 June 2015

    Two in five British councils topped up their Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) with their own funds last year, figures released today reveal.

IH Subscription