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Male Singaporean workers think they'll get promoted in 10 years

There are 10% more men than women that think so.

An equal percentage of women and men expect to reach a director level role in three years at 34% each.

However, figures are more different when they were asked if they could reach C-suite levels in seven and 10 years.

A study by Hays Plc said around 39% of males and 30% of females believe they will rank up in seven years. About 34% of males and 24% of females think they will reach a higher position in 10 years.

Singapore has the second highest proportion of men in the top job at 82%. Around 65% also occupy line-manager roles.

Amongst countries surveyed, Singapore has the most number of respondents that believe men and women can access opportunity equally at 27%.

However, 55% of females still believe gender barriers somewhat exist in the workplace, compared to 34% of males who thought so.

The number of men and women believing that gender barriers "very much exist" are equal at 15%.

One of three, or 32%, Singaporeans believe gender diversity positively affects company culture.

They were followed by 30% of respondents that believe that diversity will impact talent retention and leadership more.

Only 17% believe that gender diversity will impact the company’s profitability, whilst 16% believe business activity will be affected.

When it comes to feelings about their current level of seniority, more men than women are dissatisfied.

About 32% of women felt moderately satisfied. Another 25% were dissatisfied.

Only 8% of male respondents were very satisfied, and 38% were satisfied. About 15% were dissatisfied.

In terms of opportunity, 58% of women do not see an opportunity to progress in their company. However, this is lower while 76% of men that agreed.

"Implementation of flexible working policies for working parents and investment in training & development of people managers are both as important as each other for women to realise their career ambitions. For men, they nominated investment in training & development of people managers as their number one resource," Hays said.

Amongst fathers surveyed, 58% said their companies offer parental leave to fathers, whilst 11% offer the same amount of leave to both men and women.

Meanwhile, 20% are unsure of what is offered, and 11% of fathers say no leave is offered to them

Majority of women and men think of the impact that working flexibly could have on their career.

Only about 21% of women and 20% of men minority believe that flexible work practices are very much a career limiting move. 

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