Hays Diversity Report: Only 38% of Women in Asia Feel They Can Self-Promote and Communicate Their Ambitions

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Promoting their achievements and accomplishments in the workplace is
considered to be more difficult for women in Asia, according to
recruiting experts Hays.

According to a survey of over 11,500 people globally from recruiting
experts Hays, 47 per cent of women feel they can self-promote in their
workplace. Of the 1,183 respondents across Asia, only 38 per cent said
they have the opportunity to self-promote.

Looking at the countries in Asia more closely, Malaysian and Chinese
women were most comfortable in promoting their accomplishments with 42
per cent saying they felt they could self-promote. Malaysia and China
were followed by Singapore at 36 per cent and trailing behind were
Japanese women at 35 per cent.

“Women in Asia are traditionally more reserved in the workplace, due to
cultural preconceptions of a woman’s role in society, and compared to
men, are less likely to ask for a pay rise or a promotion” says
Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Asia.

Women also have differing priorities than men at certain stages of their
lives, and many opt to put their career on the back-burner to raise a

“Employers have a role to play in fostering the confidence of their
female workforce by opening channels of communication for them to
promote themselves. Employers also need to ensure that the top jobs in
their organisation are attractive to women. Women don’t necessarily
crave the power that comes with a top job title like men do”, says

In addition, flexible working practices are considered by Asian
respondents in the survey to be the most effective measure in improving
gender diversity in the workplace. Employers should take practical
measures to encourage more women stay in the workforce after having

Self-promotion is one of the five areas that the Hays
2016 Gender Diversity Report
explores. In addition, the other areas
covered include ambition, equal pay, career opportunities and gender
diversity policies.

The summary of the findings from the report will be presented at the
Hays Japan diversity event taking place in June. For a sneak preview,
visit the website at https://www.hays.co.jp/en/gender-diversity/index.htm?ver=d

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional
and skilled people.

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert
at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK (“Hays”) is the largest foreign
recruitment company in Japan and operates across the private sector,
providing services for permanent recruitment, contract and temporary
roles, RPO (Hays Talent Solutions) and IT Solutions. Hays operates four
local offices, serving the Kanto region from 2 offices in Tokyo,
Yokohama, and West Japan from central Osaka.

Hays is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate
specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and
expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan’s thirteen specialisms
span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human
Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences,
Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain and
Manufacturing & Operations.

Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc (the
“Group”), a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is
the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people
worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of
the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group
operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent
positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December
2015 the Group employed 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33
countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015:

the Group reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit
(pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million;
– the Group placed
around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 200,000 people
into temporary assignments;
– 23% of Group net fees were generated
in Asia Pacific, 41% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the
United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business
represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business
represented 42% of net fees;
– Hays operates in the following
countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile,
China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary,
India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA


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