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Women still under-represented in top NI jobs, statistics show

  • Belfast Telegraph has released some damning statistics on businesses in Northern Ireland, showing that women are still under-represented in top jobs, including leadership positions in top companies.

    A recent report by Belfast Telegraph indicates that men still occupy 57% of top roles in Northern Ireland and that this disparity reaches up to 90% in certain places. The results come from an analysis of 7,104 job roles available in Northern Ireland across 10 sectors, including the NI tech and business sectors where only three female CEOs were found in the Belfast Telegraph's list of Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies for 2018.

    The worst offenders include law and law enforcement, with women occupying just 34% of the top jobs in the judiciary, only 16% of places in the most senior role of Queen's Counsel, and only 27% of senior roles in the PSNI. Around three quarters (73%) of all councillors in local authorities are also men, and only 3 of NI's 11 councils had female CEOs as of the time of the analysis.

    The statistics aren't much better in education, with around two thirds of all senior jobs in NI's universities held by men. While 60% of school principals are women, this drops to 45% in post-primary education, indicating that a large portion of female principals are in primary school education.

    Tina McKenzie, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, told the Belfast Telegraph that "We've got a lot more work to do - in education I think we've got to get out earlier into primary schools and there's more work to be done in secondary schools as to what opportunities are there for women."

    Source: Belfast Telegraph

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