Glass ceiling? Number of female managers up nearly sixty percent
CNATAIPEI--The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58 percent from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The results of the survey on gender differences in the labor market show that 23.2 percent of the managers and lawmakers or local council members in Taiwan are now women, a growth from 16.3 percent 10 years ago.
The results suggest a similar trend of women's participation in management and policymaking around the world and in 2012, Taiwan recorded a higher percentage of female managers compared with the 11.1 percent and 11 percent recorded in Japan and South Korea, respectively, while Singapore had 35.8 percent and the U.S. had 43.7 percent.
In the same year, over 47 percent of Taiwan's professional and technical workers were women, slightly higher than in Japan, South Korea and Singapore but lower than in the United States, the council said.
The gender imbalance in the public sector also saw an improvement from 39 percentage points in 2002 to 27 percentage points last year, with 63.8 percent of civil servants being men and 36.15 percent women in 2012, according to the survey results.
The council attributed the increasing number of female managers to improvement in education among women and the promotion of the Gender Equality in Employment Act, which was modified in 2011.