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Fewer young women hope to climb the corporate ladder than men: survey

  • July 25, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 34
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While a full 94.0% of male “freshman” workers in the private sector aim to climb the corporate ladder to managerial positions or prefer to do so, the percentage among their female counterparts is only 57.7%, according to a survey that a government organization conducted last year on first-year workers in the private sector.


The results of the survey were revealed on July 24. Among female “freshman” workers who said they do not “aim to climb up to managerial positions,” a leading 66.7% cited the “difficulty of maintaining balance between work and family life.” The question allowed multiple responses.


The survey was conducted by the National Women’s Education Center. Questionnaires were sent online to full-time, first-year workers in the private sector in October. Responses were received from 1,258.


The second biggest reason for female workers not wanting to be promoted to managerial positions was “lack of ability,” which was cited by 37.8% of women, followed by “too much responsibility” at 32.2%. Asked if they want to continue working at the same company after marriage or childbirth, over 70% gave positive responses and about 20% said they “do not want to stay.” With multiple answers allowed, 60.2% said they “want to spend more time on housekeeping and child-rearing,” followed by those who said it’s “difficult to stay in the company due to the work environment” at 48.4%.

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