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Women are less respected than men in the workplace, says 1 in 4 employees

During the pandemic, women also received less reduced paid hours.

One in four employees in Singapore believes that women are treated with less respect and experience more harassment than men in the workplace, a study by Indeed found.

The inequality between men and women goes beyond this, with fewer women (34%) agreeing that both sexes are given equal opportunities in the workplace, compared to men (49%).

About 34% of respondents also said women have fewer leadership opportunities, whilst 36% said they have more periodic changes in technical professions, the study added.

During the pandemic, female employees also received less reduced paid hours than their male colleagues (25% vs 34%) and lost fewer jobs (18% vs 22%).

Surprisingly, despite these findings, the majority (74%) of employees still believe that gender equality has been achieved in workplaces in Singapore.

“The responses suggest Singaporean companies are making headway in addressing inequality, but that there is a considerable way to go,” Florence Yip, senior manager, talent attraction, at Indeed, APAC.

Meanwhile, the study also found that women are not inclined to work in technology, with only 13% stating desire to work in the sector if given the opportunities to choose a new profession.

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