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Survey shows fewer women in top corporate roles in Singapore

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:29 AM

Few women here get to do it.

That is, perched at the top in the corporate world, according to the latest survey on women's participation in leadership role.

It found that Singapore firms are among the least enthusiastic about putting women at the apex of their corporate structure. Female leaders given the most senior roles have dropped to 23 per cent in this year's study, down from 27 per cent last year, research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report showed. This is below the global average of 24 per cent, which was unchanged from a year ago. Compared with 10 years ago when 19 per cent of women were in senior management, the proportion is up by just five percentage points.

On a global scale, Singapore is ranked 33 out of 45 economies surveyed. Russia was the most advanced in this regard, with 43 per cent of its senior business roles held by women, followed by Indonesia (41 per cent). South-east Asian nations like Thailand (38 per cent), Vietnam (26 per cent) and Malaysia (25 per cent) also ranked ahead of Singapore in promoting women to top posts.

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