Among South Africa's top 40 companies listed on the JSE, there is just one led by a female CEO, according to a study by executive recruitment firm Jack Hammer.
Jack Hammer CEO Debbie Goodman-Bhyat says that gender disparities persist at executive levels across different industries.
Goodman explains that this is in line with the global trend.
However, she says that corporates do make an effort to seek out black female executives, but are confronted with a skills-shortage and inequality at senior levels.
At least 70% of the available pool of executive candidates are men, leaving less than 30% of females eligible for the same positions.
While the opportunities are there, the candidate pool is very disproportionate.— Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer
Debbie Goodman-Bhyat says companies are beginning to challenge their unconscious bias towards gender issues and unpack the complexities of workplace transformation.
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