GTI's Women in business report 2013, written in conjunction with Forbes Insights and drawing on in-depth interviews with senior female executives from around the world focuses on the role of education in increasing female participation and how this can boost business growth prospects.
The report also outlines how only 21% of senior business roles in Ireland are filled by women, worse than the position four years ago. The 2013 figures show women in senior management unchanged on last year,and down slightly on the position in 2009.
The global average level of representation was 24% (+3%), with Ireland 36th out of 44 countries surveyed, just ahead of the UK and USA.
Other notable findings in the report included:
- 7% of Irish companies plan to promote more women into senior management over the next 12 months
- 17% of board directorships in Ireland are held by women, despite a target set by the European Commission for women to make up 40% of non-executive directorships by 2020
- On flexible working Ireland is the lowest ranked EU country apart from Greece, with 53% of companies offering family friendly working solutions compared to an EU average of 74%
The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) provides insight into the views and expectations of more than 12,500 businesses per year across 44 economies, with 100 companies surveyed in Ireland.
Please click here to view the report.