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Nearly 70% of full-time female workers not hoping for promotion: survey

  • October 4, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

Nearly 70% of full-time female workers who do not hold managerial positions such as division head or section chief do not want to seek promotion, a recruitment agency survey showed. This trend indicates that these women are worried about being promoted to higher positions without sufficient support from their families and workplaces while raising children.


Meanwhile, the percentage of companies that want to raise the percentage of women in management was 69%. Aidem, which conducted the survey, points out that “there is a gap in awareness between employers and female workers and it is necessary for companies to take the initiative in motivating women to advance their careers.”


The survey was conducted from late May to early June and received responses from 1,428 firms and 1,671 women regardless of whether they are working full-time or part-time.


Asked about career promotion, 69.4% of full-time workers responded that they do not want to be promoted to senior positions. Meanwhile, 30.6% said the “want to be promoted.” Of those who are section or group chiefs or rank-and-file workers and do not want to seek promotion to division head or higher, a majority 40.6% cited as a reason that they would have “more responsibility.”

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