Do British women consistently have a tougher time at work?

UK bosses are still giving female employees a tougher time at work, according to new research released today by Crunch Accounting. Top issues included receiving less praise, less frequent pay rises, and their boss favouring other colleagues, compared with their male colleagues. The research also reveals that this situation is detrimentally affecting levels of confidence and career plans in the workplace for many women.

A quarter (25%) of women questioned said that never getting praise from their boss was one of the most frustrating examples of bad management they experienced, compared with 18% of men. A fifth (20%) of women also said their boss favoured other colleagues, in contrast to just 11% of men surveyed.

The research also revealed that a further fifth of female respondents (20%) said their boss never gave them a pay rise, while 14% male respondents had the same complaint. What’s more, 16% also said they had not been protected or sheltered from criticism by their boss, compared with just 9% of males.

The study also showed that these boss-related bugbears are having a telling effect on the career plans and progression potential for many of the women questioned. For a start, more women – almost half (48%) – said they were thinking of leaving because of their bad bosses, compared with 44% of men. And 40% of women cited poor career progression potential, compared with 32% of men.

Almost a third (30%) of females surveyed had considered quitting their jobs many times, in contrast to 22% of men, and 27% of women felt more likely to be held back from leaving by a lack of confidence in their ability to find another job, compared with 21% of men who felt the same way.

Helen Monk, People Manager at Crunch, who commissioned the research, said: “Although some of these statistics taken individually may only seem to show slight differentials in the experiences of men and women, when looking at the findings of the research overall, you can see clear disparities in how women are treated compared to their male counterparts in UK workplaces.

“Other research we conducted in the middle of last year† found that 41% of British women have experienced patronising behaviour in the workplace. Our research indicates the existence of discrimination in our workplaces that needs to be addressed, and it’s no surprise there’s a growing number of women choosing to start their own businesses due to experiencing difficult situations at work.”

For anyone thinking it’s time for a career change and wanting to find out more about setting up their own business, Crunch Accounting’s Get Started campaign has advice on how to make it happen

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