Marked divides between Canadian men, women at work: survey

Fewer women looking for a new job, but many feel limited about career growth opportunities

Marked divides between Canadian men, women at work: survey

As International Women's Day approaches, there are still notable divides between men and women in the workforce, judging by a recent survey.

Overall, women are more likely to be loyal to their employers. In fact, only 35% of women are looking or plan to look for a new job in the first half of the year, compared to 49% of men, finds Robert Half.

The main reason for staying put is that their current job offers a level of flexibility they aren’t willing to lose, according to 44% of women compared with 30% of men.

Despite this, just 56% of women feel their company provides ample opportunities for career growth, compared to 72% of men.

Forty-two per cent of workers have already started looking or plan to look for a new job in the first half of 2024, according to a previous report.

More than three in four women across the world have experienced ageism throughout their careers, according to a previous report. And nearly one in five HR decision-makers admit they have been reluctant to hire women they thought might go on to start families, according to another study.

When asked what their biggest concerns are in 2024, three in four women said wider economic changes, while 65% said inadequate compensation increases, according to Robert Half’s survey of 765 workers aged 18 and up, conducted Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 2023.

Out of the 20 jobs LinkedIn listed on its “Jobs on the Rise 2024” report, 12 are largely held by men, many with wide gender gaps, especially in tech roles which dominate the list.

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