Tuesday, 05 May 2015

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.

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