Women offered fewer career-advancing 'hot jobs', says survey
"Not all leadership opportunities are created equal. Women get fewer of the high visibility, mission-critical roles and international experiences-the so-called 'hot jobs'-that are key to getting ahead at global companies. Unequal access to those 'hot jobs' may be an underlying cause of the persistent gender gap at senior levels," said a Catalyst report 'Good Intentions, Imperfect Execution? Women Get Fewer of the Hot Jobs Needed to Advance'.
High-visibility projects, mission-critical roles and international experiences are hallmarks of 'hot jobs' that predict advancement, yet Catalyst findings show that women get fewer of these 'hot jobs' than men.
Men reported leading projects with bigger budgets (more than twice the size of women), larger teams (more than three times as many staff), that posed higher risk to the company and had more C-suite visibility, it said.
It further said more men reported having roles with more critical responsibility-for profit and loss, management of direct reports and budgets over USD 10 million.
International assignments predict advancement, and women get fewer than men-but not because they're unwilling to relocate, it said.
Of those most willing, 35 per cent men compared to 26 per cent women got those assignments and 64 per cent women than 55 per cent men were never offered the opportunity.
More men than women got 'hot jobs' after being in formal leadership development programmes, and more men were promoted within
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