Gender diversity remains a huge issue, particularly in the finance industry. Organizations continue to put more time and resources into identifying ways to improve the representation of women at all levels.
With a huge concern about the presence of women in senior leadership roles within organizations, the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA), set out to identify the obstacles men and women face in finance and accounting.
The project found women have a much slower path to the top in accounting and finance careers. How much slower? On average, it takes women 7 years longer to reach executive positions.
“Women, overall, did not reach executive positions until seven years after men – the implication being that men’s and women’s careers followed a two-tournament gender system for reaching executive level roles in accounting and finance,” according to the report.
In addition to having a much longer career path, women are also significantly under-represented at the senior level. Only 18% of senior roles in the financial services sector are occupied by women. This is despite the fact that women account for 50% of accounting graduates and 45% of all accounting employees.
Here are some of the additional findings from the report:
It’s clear there is still work to do in order to improve the representation of women in the finance industry. With the key point being middle management, organizations need to look at how they promote women internally to remove bias and career plateaus for women.
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