South AfricaThe 5 key issues facing women working in the G20

Key Findings

Stated ability to speak up was the key issue for women
Would report harassment
Felt having a family did not damage careers

Country Summary

South Africa was in the top three G20 countries where women were optimistic they could have a family as well as a career with 63 percent of South African women agreeing that children did not damage their professional prospects. They were less optimistic, however, about the ability to speak up with only 27 percent of the country's women feeling confident they could do that and citing that as their major concern in the workplace.
 
One in 10 women said they had been harassed at work and 24 percent of these said they would have no qualms reporting it.

Polling Results

How south africa scored from 1 to 19 for each question. (1 is the most positive).

  • 12

    Men have better access to jobs than me?

    (46%)
  • 06

    I have access to the same types of business networks as men?

    (51%)
  • 09

    Men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities than me?

    (47%)
  • 06

    It’s as easy for me to start a business as it is for a man?

    (49%)
  • 04

    I am confident that I earn at least the same salary as a man doing the same?

    (51%)
  • 03

    I can have a family without it damaging my career?

    (63%)

Findings by Country

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Questions We Asked

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Men have better access to jobs than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 48 percent, said men had better access to jobs than they did while only 21 percent did not think this was the case. The poll found that women in Saudi Arabia in particular were concerned about equal access to jobs with 61 percent agreeing or strongly agreeing that men had an advantage.

I have access to the same types of business networks as men?

The poll found that 39 percent of women overall thought they had access to the same types of business networks as men while 24 percent disagreed. Women in Indonesia, Mexico and India were most confident of having the same access to business networks as men while the least confident women were in Japan, South Korea and Italy.

Men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 47 percent, said men did fare better when it came to professional development and career opportunities while 22 percent disagreed. Women in Italy, France and Indonesia were particularly concerned about the lack of level playing field when it came to career opportunities.

It’s as easy for me to start a business as it is for a man?

Over a third of women, or 38 percent, agreed or strongly agreed that it was as easy for them to set up a business as it was for a man while 26 percent did not think this was the case. Women in Mexico , Indonesia, Russia and Turkey were the most confident on this question with more than half of the women polled in those countries agreeing that they had the same opportunities to set up a business as a man.

I am confident that I earn at least the same salary as a man doing the same?

Only four in every 10 women polled, 40 percent, were confident that they were earning the same salary as a man doing the same job. Women in Japan, Germany and France were the least confident that they were paid equally to men. Women in India and Saudi Arabia were most confident about earning the same as their male peers even though World Economic Forum data showed these 2 countries came last in the G20 on a female to male ratio on earned income.

I can have a family without it damaging my career?

Nearly half of the women polled, or 47 percent, said they could have children without damaging their career while 23 percent disagreed. The women most confident about having a family alongside a career were in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa while those who were least confident were in Japan, Germany and Britain.

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