Still too few women in top jobs
An annual survey conducted by newspaper
In 2008, the paper found a two-percent increase in the number of women in senior managerial positions. In 2009, the increase had dropped to a mere half percent.The de Volkskrant survey is conducted among 30 leading corporations in the Netherlands. It makes an inventory of the number of female senior managers and board members, but the paper also takes a look at how many women are present in the sub-top layer.
The services sector has the largest number of women at the top. Temporary job agency Randstad is frontrunner, with 45 percent of the top jobs held by women. Publishers Reed Elsevier and WoltersKluwer also have a relatively large number of women in the higher echelons. However, women top managers are few and far between in the building sector and in the technical industry. At Construction company Heijmans, women hold only two percent of the top jobs compared to four percent at dredger Boskalis.
Last year, the Labour Party said 30 percent of senior management positions in major corporations should be held by women. If that percentage had not been realised by 2016, a quota should be introduced. A majority in parliament supported the Labour initiative. The bill is presently being discussed by the senate.
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