In celebration of Women’s month, CareerJunction ran a survey to discover how South African women experience the workplace today. Over 1,500 women participated in the survey and the results reveal just how far we’ve come as a nation. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s far enough.
The hard facts
25% of participants have a diploma and over 30% have a degree or higher qualification. When looking at occupations, there seems to be a healthy mix of women in administrative and professional roles. However, 65% of respondents claimed that most senior staff at their organisations are men. 3% of participants are currently in top executive roles.
Career advancement and opportunity
While only 22% of participants felt that there is an opportunity for advancement within their organisations, gender wasn’t necessarily the only obstacle preventing women from advancing in their careers. Top reasons included a balanced mix of skills, gender and experience.
Many respondents did, however, feel that they have previously been overlooked regarding a pay raise or promotion due to their gender and nearly 60% felt that the subject of diversity at work needs a little improvement.
While most mothers took between three to four months of maternity leave, over 35% said they resort to taking annual leave or “calling in sick” when their children are ill. Over 70% felt that their employer was only somewhat or not at all supportive of their duties as a mother.
Into the future
When asked if they foresee continued improvement for women in the workplace, women seemed to lean slightly more towards a “yes” or a “maybe”, compared to a “no”.