According to an annual report on women in business prepared by Grant Thornton, the proportion of leadership roles in medium-sized businesses worldwide held by females reached 31%. Fifteen years ago, this figure did not exceed 19%. Russia has an opposite trend — the share of senior positions filled by women has dropped from 47% to 33% for the last four years.
The biggest proportion of female executives was found in the Philippines (48%) and the last year’s leader — South Africa (43%). European countries (including Russia) are in the centre of the list (32–34%). The United Arab Emirates (26%), South Korea (18%) and Japan (15%) have the lowest figures.
Oil&gas and manufacturing industries have the smallest number of women in senior management (26%), while education and healthcare have the biggest number (39%).
FBK Grant Thornton, in its turn, may be a role model in terms of gender equality, as 50% of partners in the firm are females.
More details may be found in Grant Thornton’s Women in Business report.