8 Mar 2012

Fewer women in senior management roles - survey

1:39 pm on 8 March 2012

The proportion of women holding top jobs at New Zealand firms appears to be falling.

A Grant Thornton International Business Report, conducted across 40 countries found New Zealand women hold 28% of senior management positions, down from 32% last year and 31% in 2004.

However New Zealand does have more women in senior jobs than Australia, where 24% hold top management roles.

Grant Thornton spokesperson, Pam Newlove, says the fall could be due to not enough mentoring of female employees.

Other economies in the Asia Pacific region also reported falls in the proportion of women in senior management, but Europe bucked the trend.

In Europe, Italy ranks highest with 36%, while Japan lags behind in Asia - employing 5% percent of women in senior roles.