Though most junior HR staff are female, that’s not the case for senior HR staff – except in Hungary… BY HRM 27 Jan 2014 Share The stereotype of the HR manager as a female is more or less true: across Europe, the US and Australia, the vast majority of staff in HR are women. But that changes with seniority: as researchers from the Vienna University of Economics and Business studied HR directors in companies across the world, every country had significantly fewer women in those positions. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Italy, with its notoriously chauvinist culture, had the largest gender gap amongst HR directors. But the friendliest nation for females in HR may come as a shock: Hungary came far above any other nation, with the highest proportion of women in both junior and senior levels. Proportion of women in HR Hungary: 84% in Human Resources, 64% in Human Resources Director positions UK: 80% in HR, 59% in HRD Australia: 77% in HR, 55% in HRD USA: 81% in HR, 51% in HRD Sweden: 70% in HR, 43% in HRD Finland: 75% in HR, 40% in HRD Denmark: 74% in HR, 38% in HRD The Netherlands: 67% in HR, 38% in HRD Czech Republic: 72% in HR, 36% in HRD Switzerland: 73% in HR, 33% in HRD Israel: 72% in HR, 33% in HRD France: 74% in HR, 31% in HRD Belgium: 66% in HR, 27% in HRD Germany: 66% in HR, 21% in HRD Austria: 67% in HR, 21% in HRD Spain: 56% in HR, 14% in HRD Italy: 60% in HR, 9% in HRD You might also like: Homophobic HR uncompetitive: how to get a 100% equality rating HR professionals eye NYC, Europe for transfers Hottest HR jobs for 2014 You've reached your limit - Register for free now for unlimited access To read the full story, just register for free now - GET STARTED HERE Already subscribed? Log in below LOGIN Remember me Forgot password?