Woman Face Challenge of Glass Ceiling

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    When it comes to salaries, promotions, important decisions, and travel, the ‘glass ceiling’ –the unseen but unbreachable barrier that keeps women from climbing the corporate ladder – is a very real challenge for today’s female business leaders, says a survey by Randstad Canada, a provider of staffing, recruitment, and HR services. The survey indicates that Canada’s female managers and executives are still seeing a divide on a range of factors when it comes to the differences between men and women in the workplace, with salary topping the list. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents felt there remains a moderate or large divide between the financial compensation a man receives in a leadership role compared to what a woman receives in the same position. Only seven per cent believe that women’s workplace salary is perfectly equal with their male equivalent, while 16 per cent say they notice a small divide. Moving up in the organization also seems to bring about the same divide as salary, with 92 per cent of those women polled feeling there was at least some divide in the opportunities for men and women to be promoted. When it comes to business travel, more than four out of five women feel that men are given somewhat more travel opportunities than women, with half of those polled feeling there remains a very large or moderate divide when it comes to business travel. “Based on the survey results alone, it is clear there are many divisions seen in the workplace and we still have a long way to go when it comes to salaries, promotions, decision-making opportunities, choice assignments and even business travel,” says Hanna Vineberg, vice-president Central Ontario, Randstad Canada.