Just 32% of local working women occupy managerial posts, 10% sit on boards

6th March 2020 

Only one manager out of three in the EU is a woman

A Eurostat labour survey has found that just 32 per cent of working women in Malta held managerial positions in 2018, 21 per cent held senior executive positions in 2019 while just 10 per cent sat on boards in 2019.

The figures were released ahead of International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8th March 2020. Eurostat is the official statistical arm of the EU.

More than 6.7 million persons hold a managerial position in the European Union of 27 Member States (EU): 4.3 million men (63per cent of all managers) and 2.5 million women (37per cent ).

In addition, women account for a little over one quarter of board members of publicly listed companies in the EU (28per cent ), and for less than one fifth of senior executives (18per cent ) in 2019. In other words, although representing approximately half of all employed persons in the EU, women continue to be under-represented amongst managers.

The largest share of women among managerial positions is recorded in Latvia, the only Member State where women are a majority (53 per cent) in this occupation. It is followed by Bulgaria (49 per cent), Poland (48 per cent), Estonia (46 per cent), Slovenia (44 per cent), Lithuania, Hungary and Sweden (all 42 per cent), Ireland (41 per cent) and Portugal (40 per cent).

At the opposite end of the scale, women account for less than a third of managers in Cyprus (19 per cent), followed by Luxembourg (23 per cent), Denmark (27 per cent), Italy (28 per cent), the Netherlands (29 per cent), Czechia and Germany (both 31 per cent), as well as Greece, Croatia, Malta and Austria (all 32 per cent).
At EU level, just over a third (37 per cent) of managers are women. This share increased slightly compared with 2012 (36 per cent).

The largest share of female board members in the largest publicly listed companies is recorded in France (45 per cent), followed by Sweden (38 per cent), Belgium, Germany and Italy (all 36 per cent) as well as the Netherlands and Finland (both 34 per cent).

At the opposite end of the scale, women account for less than a fifth of board members in Estonia and Cyprus (both 9 per cent), Greece and Malta (both 10 per cent), Lithuania (12 per cent), Luxembourg, Hungary and Romania (all 13per cent ) as well as in Czechia (18 per cent) and Bulgaria (19 per cent).

At EU level, just over a quarter (28 per cent) of board members are women. Since 2012, this share has increased by 13 percentage points from 15 per cent.

Among EU Member States, women account for around a third of senior executives in the largest publicly listed companies in Romania (34 per cent), Estonia (33 per cent), Lithuania (30per cent ) and Latvia (29 per cent), and around a quarter of senior executives in Bulgaria and Slovenia (both 27 per cent) as well as in Sweden (24per cent).

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest share of female senior executives is recorded in Luxembourg (6 per cent) and Austria (8per cent), followed by Czechia (11 per cent), Croatia and Italy (both 12 per cent), Belgium and Slovakia (both 13per cent), Germany and Poland (both 14 per cent) as well as in the Netherlands and Portugal (both 15 per cent).

At EU level, less than a fifth (18 per cent) of senior executives are women; up by 8 percentage points compared with 2012 (10 per cent).


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