Less than one in five see gender equality at work

Just 19% of UK employees think there is gender equality in their workplace, according to new research by technology giant Samsung.

Workplace gender stereotypes are reportedly still rife in the UK, as nearly half (44%) of workers said they still believe certain jobs are exclusively male or female.

Almost one in five (17%) women have also not applied for a job for fear of being discriminated against because of their gender.

Some positive progress has been made however.

Over half (62%) of respondents said they believe the CEO role is gender neutral and people who are deemed to be breaking gender barriers in the workplace were considered to be inspiring (68%).

Male employees (56%) also said they need to be allies to women in the workplace, with 60% of women agreeing. 

Charlotte Grant, head of inclusion and engagement at Samsung UK and Ireland said, the research has shown gender equality in the UK workplace is moving in the right direction.

She said: “The findings are encouraging, however, there is still a long way to go to achieve total gender parity in the workplace.

“Companies have an active role to play in tackling this, creating a culture where conscious inclusion is a part of everyone’s day and where actively challenging bias becomes the norm.”

Equality and inclusion, she said, are fundamental to shaping a better future.

“A businesses workforce should mirror its diverse customer base. While we know there is always more to do, we are committed to putting this into practice, most recently launching our Women@Samsung Employee Resource Group and rolling out conscious inclusion awareness training throughout our entire UK & Ireland business to advocate positive change,” she explained.

The research found that ingrained gender stereotypes around the workplace were still prevalent in 2021.

Men (23%) were four times more likely than women (5%) to have perceived leadership skills.

While women were associated with qualities such as empathy (45% vs 4% men), listening (39% vs 6% men) and understanding (33% vs 6% men).

Gender equality in the workplace in 2021:

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HR not doing enough to combat sexist behaviour in the workplace

Pay gap reporting outstrips strategy in D&I efforts