Female Employees Overlooked for Promotion
The research from Peninsula also showed that almost three-quarters of women claim to have experienced discrimination first-hand at work.
“Workers should not be passed over for promotion because they are women,” said Peninsula managing director, Peter Done. “They should be encouraged to seek career prospects where the opportunity arises, their merits should be taken into consideration, and whether they are male or female should not determine the outcome of whether they are right for the job.”
“Employers need to ensure they have an equal opportunities policy in place and that it is communicated to all staff and management,” added Done.
However, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) claimed that employers of small businesses are already conscious of the need to prevent sexual discrimination at work.
“The relationship between owner-managers and their key staff in smaller businesses is much more important to the success of their business, so they do all they can to prevent discrimination in the workplace,” said FPB spokesperson Phil McCabe.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development adviser on diversity Dianah Worman, added:
“Sexual discrimination does still go on, so you have to be careful that it is not happening in your business”.
“It often happens by default, rather than being a conscious thing, but some firms are using traditional practices without thinking how they affect the business, and they miss out on good candidates as a result,” said Worman.
According to the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for equal pay and opportunities for women, only 11 per cent of the FTSE 100 company directors are women, and figures from the Government Equalities Office (GEO) show that women get paid an average of 17 per cent less than men.