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Hays gender diversity
Global report 2016


Welcome to the Hays Global Gender Diversity Report 2016.

This report has been compiled using data gathered between November 2015 and January 2016, covering 25 countries. The findings of our gender diversity report are based on a survey of over 11,500 male and female respondents from across the world (57% female, 42% male and 1% preferring not to say).

We have used country specific data where there was a minimum of 100 responses per country: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

We hope you find this report insightful and that the results can influence and shape your business decisions.

About this report

Time and time again it has been proven that more diverse organisations not only outperform those which are less diverse, but are also most likely to attract and retain the most talented professionals.

In addition, the link between women in the workplace and a country’s economic growth is closely connected. Despite this, globally women are not paid or rewarded equally to their male colleagues and remain underrepresented in the workplace as well as proportionally less represented in senior roles.

While the findings vary by country and by sector, we have discovered common themes and sometimes surprising results about what can be done by business leaders today to ensure that women continue to advance in their careers and achieve better representation at senior levels.

We also include interviews with a number of successful women at the top of their professions, who share their experience from both a personal and professional perspective.

Our research shows that organisations can still do significantly more to narrow the gap. They hold the key to advancing women in the workplace and have an opportunity and responsibility to close the gender divide. We want to make business leaders and the talented women they employ, aware of the issues affecting gender equality in the workplace.

In doing so, we hope to provide advice on how the divide between genders can be narrowed. We hope you find these findings both useful and informative and we look forward to discussing them with you.