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Only 38% of women in Asia feel they can self-promote and communicate their ambitions

Updated: 26 Apr 2016


Promoting their achievements and accomplishments in the workplace is considered to be more difficult for women in Asia, according to recruiting experts Hays.


According to a survey of over 11,500 people globally from recruiting experts Hays, 47 per cent of women feel they can self-promote in their workplace. Of the 1,183 respondents across Asia, only 38 per cent said they have the opportunity to self-promote.


Looking at the countries in Asia more closely, Malaysian and Chinese women were most comfortable in promoting their accomplishments with 42 per cent saying they felt they could self-promote. Malaysia and China were followed by Singapore at 36 per cent and trailing behind were Japanese women at 35 per cent.


“Women in Asia are traditionally more reserved in the workplace, due to cultural preconceptions of a woman’s role in society, and compared to men, are less likely to ask for a pay rise or a promotion” says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Asia.


Women also have differing priorities than men at certain stages of their lives, and many opt to put their career on the back-burner to raise a family.


“Employers have a role to play in fostering the confidence of their female workforce by opening channels of communication for them to promote themselves. Employers also need to ensure that the top jobs in their organisation are attractive to women. Women don’t necessarily crave the power that comes with a top job title like men do”, says Christine.


In addition, flexible working practices are considered by Asian respondents in the survey to be the most effective measure in improving gender diversity in the workplace. Employers should take such practical measures to encourage more women stay in the workforce after having children.


Self-promotion is one of the five areas that the Hays China 2016 Gender Diversity Report, released today, explores. In addition, the other areas covered include ambition, equal pay, career opportunities and gender diversity policies.


Also featured in the report, are interviews of successful women from China, who share their thoughts on the gender divide and how it has impacted them in their careers.


Download a full copy of the Hays China Gender Diversity report here.


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About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2015 the Group employed 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015:


– the Group reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million;

– the Group placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments;

– 23% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 41% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;

– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;

– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

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