Women are now almost as likely as men to work in managerial roles, according to a new report from Statistics New Zealand.
Minister for Women Louise Upston says having more women in leadership is great news.
“It reflects the qualifications women are gaining and that New Zealand organisations are recognising the benefits of diversity,” she says.
Statistics New Zealand’s new report examines gender and occupations over the period 1991-2013, based on census information.
Upston says it provides a useful snapshot of the occupations where men and women are working.
“It is pleasing to see progress in areas where women have historically been under represented. Women have increased their representation in the physical science-related fields from 9% in 1991 to 21% in 2013.
“The report does show many occupations have either a high proportion of women or men,” Upston says. “The Ministry for Women is working on activities to broaden the range of career options for women, particularly on roles offering high growth and good employment and income prospects.
“Women are playing an increasing role in employment in Canterbury. There are now 7700 more women employed in Canterbury than at the same time in 2013,” Upston explains.
“We are also encouraging greater use of flexible work to ensure we attract and retain talented workers in the workforce,” she says.
“In order to continue growing our economy and to meet the demand for skills in the workplace I encourage employers to consider more women in a wider range of roles,” adds Upston.