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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

How the situation of UK women in the workplace has been changing over the years

Gender Inequality in the Workplace


Gender inequality and discrimination against women in the workplace have been a problem for many years at a global scale. The situation in the UK is slowly improving, but many efforts still need to be made to achieve a better balance. Here we present some numbers and figures showing the current situation in the UK’s workplace.

The first noticeable progress is the number of working women aged between 16 and 64 years old. While in 1971 53% of them had a professional life, this proportion increased to 67% in 2013. However, even if 47% of the working population is constituted by women, only 35% of managerial positions are covered by women.

Besides the challenge of having a diversity in the different positions, the pay gap still remains a problem. The difference in male and female salaries prove that performance is not yet the general criteria used to set the salaries.

Some people argue that these facts are just the result of a main issue - women are not educated to be leaders. Society and schools too often consider women weaker than men, which leads to a lack of self-confidence. In relation to this, there are more men than women who have the long-term goal of becoming CEOs.

No matter what the argument is, the numbers are changing at least in the UK, bringing a brighter future for women in managerial positions. The infographic made by Market Inspector displays numbers about gender inequality in the UK workplace.

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