Glass Ceiling Index 2018

A study has revealed the percentage of female managers in 41 OECD and EU countries, highlighting the nations which offer the best opportunities for career progression

Leading technology career platform Honeypot, has released a study revealing the gender gap in managerial roles, with women accounting for less than 50% of senior positions in every nation. With a lack of women in senior roles having been highlighted as a major aspect of gender disparity in the workplace, Honeypot wanted to enrich the debate by releasing this data. Using figures from the World Economic Forum, the study shows the percentage of women in senior or managerial positions, revealing which of the 41 countries offer the best and worst progression and promotional opportunities for women. This release is part of a larger study, The 2018 Women in Tech Index, which analyses 22 factors including wage, pay gap and inequality data to determine the best nations for women in the technology field.

The tables below reveal the top and bottom 10 countries for % of women in senior or managerial roles:


 This is a sample of the full results, which can be viewed here.

“With over 10,000 UK firms providing details of their gender pay gap last week, one of the most striking outcomes has been the lack of women in senior roles, with just 1 in 3 firms reporting a majority of women among their top earners. This result is similarly reflected in our study, with women on average accounting for 31% of senior or managerial positions, and no nation having a 50/50 equal split between male and female managers.” comments Emma Tracey, Co-Founder at Honeypot. “It’s incredibly important to include this aspect of gender disparity when discussing the pay gap, because as long as men account for the majority of top earners, women will never be able to close the gap. This could be due in part to maternity-related disadvantages for women, who are often overlooked for promotions or return to underskilled jobs post childbirth. Moving forwards, governments could look to the example of countries such as Sweden whose progressive maternity and paternity laws, as well as subsidized child care, has increased their gender balance in the workplace.”

The larger study focuses on 41 countries in the OECD and EU, and offers comparable data relating to both the tech industry and the wage gap. The data covers areas such as:

  • Gender in the Overall Economy: factors such as percentage of women in work and the overall gender income parity.
  • Women in Tech: as measured by the number of women in IT positions compared to the overall numbers of people in tech.
  • Opportunities for Women in Tech: calculated by comparing the difference between the percentage share of women in the general workforce, and the percentage of women in the technology sector. In addition, the study took into account the percentage of female STEM graduates.
  • Tech Wage Gap: difference in gender wage gap between women working in the tech industry and the overall workforce at large.
  • Female Career Progression: as judged by the percentage of women in managerial and ministerial positions.


To view the full results of the larger study, please see here:



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