Asia has highest proportion of women in top jobs, survey shows
Asia leads the world in the number of women in senior management, with China claiming top slot and Thailand boasting the highest percentage of female chief executives, a survey revealed Friday."Asia Pacific leads with 29 per cent of senior leadership positions held by women, compared to 25 per cent in the European Union, 23 per cent in Latin America and 21 per cent in North America," said the Grant Thornton International Business Report, released Friday to mark International Women’s Day.
"The country ahead of the pack in Asia is China, with 51 per cent of senior management positions held by women, compared to 25 per cent last year," the report said.
The report, based on 6,500 interviews with business leaders around the world, found that 24 per cent of senior management positions worldwide are held by women, compared with 21 per cent in 2012 and 20per cent in 2011.
At the very top of corporate management, women now make up 14 percent of chief executives, compared with 9 per cent last year.
The countries with the highest percentages of women chief execs were Thailand on 49 per cent, Denmark with 45 per cent, Germany at 40per cent, Latvia with 38 per cent and Japan, on 29 per cent.
Japan, however, was near the bottom in terms of the overall number of women senior managers, at only 7 per cent, followed by United Arab Emirates, 11 per cent and Argentina, 18 per cent.
Emerging economies generally came out ahead of the developed economies.
"Women are playing a major role in driving the world’s growth economies, bringing balance to the decision-making process and the smooth running of their companies," said Francesca Lagerberg, head of tax at Grant Thornton UK.