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World – Randstad: Male job candidates favoured over women, Mobility Index up in Q3

20 September 2016

According to the latest Global Randstad Workmonitor survey for the Q3 2016, a gender bias still exists in the workplace as 70% of respondents indicate that men are favored over women when two candidates equally qualify for the same job at their workplace.

However, the Workmonitor also shows that 81% of respondents agree that both sexes are treated equally in general, and 70% think that men and women are equally supported.

When asked for preference for a manager, 71% of the male respondents globally prefer a male manager, and in reality 79% actually have one. The figures deviate among women: only 58% of the female respondents prefer a male manager and 55% actually have one.

Data showed that men’s preference for a male manager is highest in Japan (91%), and in Greece and Malaysia (both 83%). With women this is highest in Greece (77%), Hong Kong (75%), and Singapore (72%).

Moreover, 87% prefer working in a gender-diverse team and 68% believe that gender-diverse teams achieve better results than single sex/gender teams and 36% of the global respondents consider it a good thing that one gender is favoured over another in order to meet the diversity target.

The Workmonitor also looked at how men and women are rewarded in the workplace with 79% of the respondents stating that men and women are rewarded equally in similar jobs. In Q1 2013, this was 73%, indicating a rise in perception.

In heading a team, 76% of the global respondents say that their direct manager plays an important role in setting the team spirit and 73% agree that their direct manager advocates company culture and sets the example.

"Company culture, and within that trust specifically, is at the heart of successful team work,” Ton Hopmans, Chief HR Officer at Randstad, said. “If trust is embedded in company culture, and trust exists between managers and their teams, it not only enhances team spirit, but also drives engagement and productivity."

The Randstad Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures the likelihood of an employee changing jobs within the next 6 months, showed a number of 110 for Q3, up from 109 in the previous quarter. The biggest rise took place in Singapore (+11).

“My thoughts would be that it's quite seasonal,” Jaya Dass, Managing Director for Randstad Singapore, said. “At this point, candidates have been able to assess the growth and opportunity in their current roles post mid-year assessments and based on what they expect the coming year to be. They also see this period as an opportunity to move before the year-end holidays set in and the hiring starts to slow down. Typically companies also ramp up hiring at this point to cover attrition and budgeted roles before year end.”

Mobility also rose in the US (+7) and in Argentina and Turkey (both +6). Mobility decreased in Portugal (-7) and in Italy and Denmark (both -4). No change in mobility in Canada, Norway, Sweden, France and Greece.

For the fourth quarter in a row, the percentage of employees that actually changed jobs in the last six months has gone up by 1%; again a bit higher than previous quarter (24%). The actual job change increased in Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, and Portugal. In China, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the US the job change decreased compared to last quarter. Although increased from 5% to 7%, job change in Luxembourg is – for the fourth quarter in a row – still the lowest. 

Compared to last quarter, the job change appetite, i.e., the desire to change jobs, increased in Denmark, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands whereas Switzerland and the US show a decrease. Meanwhile, compared to last quarter, job satisfaction increased in Australia, China, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. The job satisfaction decreased in Belgium and the Czech Republic. 

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