How do we create gender equality in the workplace?

Two weeks ago the Department of Labour’s Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) released the results of their annual report which saw that Women are not faring well in top management jobs in both the private sector and government.

According to the report white males still fill almost 70 percent of top management positions. CEE chairperson Commissioner Tabea Kabinde said that white males have the most opportunities for skills development and are promoted at higher rates than other groups.

The CEE reports:

  • the private sector continued to prefer white employees, with white males remaining on top at 59.7 percent, followed by white women at 12.7 percent.

  • In national government men hold 67% of these positions while women hold 33%.

  • In provincial government men hold 65% of the top jobs while women hold 35%.

  • In local government men hold 72.9% of these positions compared to women at 27.1%.

-In the private sector men held 79.9% of the positions and women held 20.1%.

This in a country with a female workforce comprising 50 percent.

Commissioner Janine Hicks from the Commission for Gender Equality has an enlightening discussion on gender equality in the workplace on the Redi Tlhabi Show.

Hicks has been tracking the CEE’s data for many years and says that the important issues to track are women’s representation in top management as this was seen as an opportunity to “grow” women’s representation in senior management.

She also says women’s representation in recruitment, promotion and skills development should be seen as key drivers for transformation.

Further issues to flag include equal pay for work of equal value for women.

Listen to the interview below:


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