Originally published: September 11, 2017
Want a sobering thought as you get into the office today? As it stands, 73% of entry-level positions in the UK workplace are filled by women, yet only 34% of managers, directors and senior officials are female. These worrying statistics have led us to one conclusion. We’re calling it: women in middle management are officially M.I.A.
These are the findings of The Pipeline Effect, the latest publication from the Women’s Business Council. More than a report, it is, in fact, a practical toolkit for workplaces, which aims to encourage gender parity in middle management. According to their research, the UK needs 1.9 million managers by 2024 and, in order to achieve equality, 1.5m of those new managers need to be women. With so many lost along the way, that benchmark is looking fairly unfeasible.