Nearly a Quarter of Female Workers Feel They are Not Compensated the Same as Their Male Counterparts, Finds Survey

    Female workers also express concern regarding advancement and flexibility

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ -- Even as employers implement programs that
encourage the professional growth amongst all workers equally, two-in-ten (23
per cent) female workers still say they feel that they are being paid less
than their equally qualified male counterparts, according to a recent survey
by Only 12 per cent of male workers believe they have lower
salaries than female workers. The survey, "Workplace
Equality," included 247 male workers and 285 female workers across Canada.
    Compensation isn't the only area women feel there is a workplace
discrepancy. Nearly two-in-ten (19 per cent) female workers feel members of
the opposite sex have more career advancement opportunities even when both
workers are equally qualified, 16 per cent feel they do not have the same
amount of job flexibility and 16 per cent say that they receive less
opportunities for training and development.
    "Employers are constantly looking at ways to make their workplaces more
balanced, however, this survey indicates that they still have some work ahead
of them," said Remy Piazza, managing director of CareerBuilder Canada.
    Perceptions of Discrimination
    When asked to what they attribute getting paid less and/or having fewer
career advancement opportunities than their male counterparts, female workers

    -- Men are perceived as needing to have more money to support their
       families. (41 per cent)
    -- Men tend to be more aggressive in their compensation negotiations. (35
       per cent)
    -- Men tend to get better or more high profile projects. (33 per cent)
    -- Management tends to show favoritism to members of the opposite sex.
       (30 per cent)
    -- Men tend to schmooze more with the boss. (25 per cent)

    This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive on
behalf of among 532 Canada employees (employed full-time;
not self-employed) ages 18 and over between May 22 and June 13, 2008. With a
pure probability sample of 532 one could say with a 95 per cent probability
that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 4.3 percentage points,
respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.


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