Women hold 34 percent of senior management positions in China

16:43, March 08, 2011      

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Women now hold 34 percent of senior management positions in China, a number that has risen steadily from the 31 percent and 32 percent reported for 2009 and 2007, respectively, according to a survey released by Grant Thornton on March 7.

Furthermore, 19 percent of Chinese women who are in senior management positions hold the title of CEO, which is significantly higher than the global average figure of 8 percent and ranks second in the world.

Different from China, the number of women who are in senior management positions throughout the world is declining, accounting for only 20 percent in 2011. The figure is down from 24 percent in 2009 and returns to the level in 2004, which was 21 percent. The survey showed that Thailand has the highest percentage of women who hold senior management positions (45 percent). The countries with the lowest percentages are Japan and the United Arab Emirates, where women hold only 8 percent of senior management positions.

Among the women in senior managerial positions in China, 69 percent work in financial positions, such as chief financial officer and finance director. The next most common jobs are human-resource director (43 percent), sales director (37 percent) and chief operating officer (23 percent). According to the survey, many female CEOs often play multiple roles involving finance, human resources, sales and operations at the same time.

By Li Jia, People’s Daily Online
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