Women in the Workforce

Strauss-Kahn gives South Sudan some 'special attention'

High ambition.

After some time out of the limelight following his spectacular fall from grace in 2011, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resurfaced in unusual circumstances.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 3:53am

Older women bring valued experience to workplace

Workplaces can gain a lot from employment of mature women

Louisa Mitchell pointed out that fewer mature women are sustaining places in the workforce. Assuming the research findings to which she referred are valid, further questions need to be asked. Precisely because of their personal life experience, women in the 40 to 60 age range might actively be sought for jobs that have a high level of social responsibility. However, until there are changes to traditional family life in Hong Kong, some women in this age group may choose not to take such employment, at least for a while.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Women in China still not equal to men

Sun Chunlan. Photo: EPA

If a new survey by an international accounting group is correct, half (51 per cent) of senior management jobs in mainland companies are now held by women. This places the mainland ahead of Hong Kong, other Asian economies and such Western countries as the United States and Britain, according to the report by Grant Thornton International, which surveyed chief executives and chairmen of 6,627 companies in all industry sectors around the world.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Activists lament workplace discrimination against women in China

A woman looks at the employment opportunities posted on walls at a job fair in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

Zheng Churan, a women's rights activist in Guangzhou, said many female graduates had complained to her about the many application letters they sent out and the few responses they received, while many less-qualified male classmates easily found jobs.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:24am 3 comments

Hong Kong mulls quota for female directors

Duncan Abate. Photo: Martin Chan

Is quota the right answer to gender imbalance in corporate boards? That's the big debate not just here in Hong Kong but in Europe as well.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:32am

Hong Kong business lacking female executives, says Sian Westerman

Sian Westerman, of the British-based 30 Percent Club, says women should be prepared for leadership roles. Photo: Enoch Yiu

Hong Kong may have had more initial public offerings than London in the past two years, but in terms of promoting women to the top echelons of corporate power, the city is far behind.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:32am

World loses by not tapping women's potential

These statistics may surprise you. On average, only between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of women-owned businesses in the developing world have access to commercial bank loans, and women-owned businesses account for only 3 per cent of venture capital investments globally.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:10am

Men about the house

Terry Chan Wai-nok drew satisfaction from his work as a school administrator and enjoyed socialising with colleagues. But after his daughter, Tin-ching, was born last year, the 29-year-old began to rethink his role.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Women produce results, survey shows

Recognising the credentials of female employees was not only a matter of social justice but also made good business and investment sense, a recent study from Thomson Reuters Research has found.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Search goes on for role models

Hong Kong may take pride in its position as a modern financial centre, but there is always room for improvement. One key area - the role and representation of women - remains high on the agenda.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Reaching for the top

Gone are the days when minimally skilled female workers toiled in a factory, day-in day-out, only to receive a meagre salary and face bleak prospects.

With wider educational opportunities since the 1970s, more women in Hong Kong have joined the workforce, and are now contending for top jobs and assuming leadership roles, locally and internationally.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Women barely make dent in the salary gap

Women are narrowing the pay gap with men - but not by much.

The latest survey by the Census and Statistics Department shows men still earn about 20 per cent more than women.

The median monthly salary of women - excluding overseas domestic helpers - was HK$10,000 last year, 83 per cent of the HK$12,000 median earned by men.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Women's movement

Soon after Dr. Nirmala Menon was appointed chief executive officer of ING Insurance for Malaysia in 2007, she was invited to a gathering for leaders of the insurance industry.

The reception she received from the all-male gathering was not exactly welcoming.

'I remember walking into the meeting and they just ignored me,' she said.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ignorance reigns on equality front

Most Hong Kong people believe women are independent and on par with men when it comes to power and the opportunities open to them - but the perception falls well short of reality.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A good start in getting more women on board

In the 1980s, Norway required that 40 per cent of public committee members should be female. It passed a law in the past decade requiring women to make up 40 per cent of directors of big listed companies.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am