Women don’t get a fair shake in most offices. It’s something many people agree with, but sometimes you need the data to back it up.
Well, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than half of workers (55 percent) do not believe men and women are paid equally for the same job, and a similar proportion (51 percent) do not feel men and women are given the same career advancement opportunities.
Men and women tend to see the issue a little differently from one another, however. According to the survey, only 35 percent of women believe there is equal pay between the genders, compared with 56 percent of men. Similarly, 39 percent of women say there are equal opportunities for advancement, and 60 percent of men agree with them.
While the above may be seen as opinion, the hard facts suggest major inequality. Men were nearly three times as likely to report earning six figures and nearly twice as likely to earn $50,000 or more. On the other end of the spectrum, women were twice as likely to report earning less than $35,000.
Earn less than $35,000
- Men – 23 percent
- Women – 47 percent
Earn $50,000 or more
- Men – 49 percent
- Women – 25 percent
Earn $100,000 or more
- Men – 14 percent
- Women – 5 percent
“While we continue to make strides in gender equality in the workplace, there’s more work to be done,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “It is critical that employers strive to equal the playing field for all employees, regardless of their gender and understand that not every employee fits the same mold or career path.”
Women have made significant gains in leadership roles in recent years, but they are still are less likely than men to say they want their boss’ jobs (19 percent of women versus 27 percent of men). Two thirds of women (65 percent) said they don’t aspire to be in a leadership position, compared to 58 percent of men.
The best measure for equality may not be the number of women and men in executive roles, but the opportunities to advance and overall job satisfaction. And at least on that front there are some good signs.
When it comes to overall job satisfaction, 64 percent of women say they’re satisfied or very satisfied, and nearly the same proportion of men (63 percent) say the same.
What keeps them satisfied in their jobs? Some key elements, regardless of gender, include:
- Liking the people they work with (73 percent of women and 64 percent of men)
- Having a good work/life balance (both 59 percent)
- Liking their boss (53 percent of women and 47 percent of men)
- Benefits (42 percent of women and 48 percent of men)
To learn more or see more findings from the survey, go here.