Survey Finds Japan Has Lowest Percentage of Female Corporate Managers in the G7

A survey by Japan’s labour ministry has revealed that the ratio of female corporate managers in the country has risen, but it still ranks lowest among the Group of Seven nations.

The survey of more than 3,000 firms with 10 or more employees found that women accounted for 12.7% of managerial positions as of October last year, Japan’s NHK News reported.

While that is up 0.4% points from the previous year and the highest since the current survey method was introduced in fiscal 2009, the ratio has only risen 2.5 points since then.

Larger companies had lower ratios with women holding 7.2% of managerial posts at businesses that had from 1,000 employees to under 5,000. The figure was 8.2% for those with 5,000 or more employees. However, businesses with fewer than 30 employees had the highest ratio of female managers, with 21.3%.

The medical and welfare sector had the highest ratio of 53% female corporate managers, followed by the life services and entertainment industries at 24.6% and hotels and restaurants services at 17.5%. On the downside, the electricity, gas, and water supply industries had the lowest ratio of female corporate managers, at 4.1%.

The Japanese labour ministry officials said they have also been asking companies to disclose wage gaps between male and female workers, and admitted that the country’s ratio of female managers is low by international standards and added that addressing the issues will require long-term efforts.