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Women make up less than 5% of managers at 40% of companies, Kyodo News survey of 113 major companies

  • August 14, 2018
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

[According to the Kyodo News survey of 113 major companies] some 41% of companies said that women make up less than 5% of their management. The government has set the goal of having women hold 30% of leadership positions by 2020, but the poll clearly reveals the harsh reality that this is a distant goal as a total of only 3% of companies currently have women in 30% or more of their managerial positions.

 

Some 27% of companies said that women make up from 5% to less than 10% of their managers, and a total of almost 70% of major companies said women make up less than 10% of their managerial ranks. It looks like it will still take time for women to penetrate the managerial ranks of companies. A total of 26% of companies said that women make up 10% or more of managers. There were no companies where women made up 40% or more of managers. By industry type, companies mainly in the financial and retail industries had a high percentage of women managers. Most companies in the manufacturing industry said that women made up a low percentage of managers. Some 6% of all pollees responded “other” or did not answer.

 

Some 79% of companies said they have set numerical targets for increasing the percentage of women managers. More than half of these said their goal was to have women make up less than 15% of all managers. Medium- and long-term plans for human resources training are indispensable for promoting women to managerial ranks, and most companies set realistic targets.

 

[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted of 113 major companies from early to late July 2018.]

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