The Netherlands scores relatively poorly with the share of women in leadership positions

The Netherlands is in a relatively bad position when it comes to women in leadership positions. The professional social media platform LinkedIn analyzed the percentage of women in leadership positions worldwide and found that only 25 percent of leadership positions in the Netherlands are occupied by a woman.

Of the European countries included in this analysis, only Austria (23 percent) and Germany (22 percent) scored worse than the Netherlands. Countries such as Finland and Sweden (46 percent and 37 percent respectively) are doing significantly better.

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The career path to a leadership role is more favorable for men than for women. The data shows that for every woman who takes on a leadership role in the first 10 years of a career, 2.2 men achieve such a position.

Over a longer period of time, that difference becomes even more apparent, LinkedIn sees. For every woman who reaches the top after 20 years or more, 2.5 men do. Flexible working makes women less visible

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To get more women at the top, more flexibility in work is needed, for everyone. “It’s no coincidence that doors close for women around the time they start a family, not just in the Netherlands but all over Europe,” said Marcel Molenaar, Country Manager of LinkedIn Benelux in a press release.

“To change this, we need more flexibility for everyone – male and female. That also means tackling the prejudice and stigma surrounding flexibility.”

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The corona pandemic has made clear how we view flexible working. For women, flexible working usually turns out worse than for men. More than 6 in 10 (63 percent) women gave up salary for this, compared to 53 percent of men.

Employers fear (more) negative consequences of flexible working for women, the social media platform concludes in the study. About 65 percent of employers believe that women will be less visible because they work from home more, while men can be found in the office. This can make it more difficult to build working relationships and more difficult to define what they want with their career.

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Author: Jobly