Female bosses reluctant to hire women who have children or are of child-bearing age
A quarter of female managers admitted reluctance in hiring women with children or who are of child-bearing age (posed by model)
Women are their own worst enemies in business with 25 per cent of female managers admitting they are reluctant to hire a woman who has children or is of a child-bearing age, research revealed today.
A staggering 72 per cent also admitted to judging fellow female colleagues for inappropriate dress while nearly three quarters say they feel compelled to work longer hours to move up the career ladder.
The survey commissioned by office operator Business Environment quizzed 1,000 women ahead of International Women’s Day, which annually celebrates women's economic, political and social achievements.
But the findings show that women do little to support their fellow sex and can even be harsher on female members of staff.
Nearly three quarters said they had judged other female colleagues on inappropriate dress in comparison to just 60 per cent of men.
Woman also admit to having more respect for male business role models, with 28 per cent citing Richard Branson’s management style as one they aspire to, compared with just one in ten opting for Karen Brady’s, who was awarded Britain's Most Inspirational Women in the Breakthrough for Breast Cancer Inspiration Awards last year.
Respect: 28 per cent favoured the management of Richard Branson, left, compared to 16 per cent who opted for business women Karen Brady, right
David Saul, managing director of Business Environment, said the results of the survey are disappointing for women.
He added: 'It seems that women are just as competitive as men when it comes to getting ahead in their careers and they appear to hire and fire according to what’s best for business bottom-line, regardless of gender.
'But it’s a shame that women aren’t supporting each other more in this day and age.
'They’ve made great strides over the last century to gain equality within the workplace so to hear that they are not helping each advance their careers really detracts from those efforts.'
As well as discriminating against those with children, many female managers also admitted to judging women staff on how they dressed (posed by model)
Business women are still the hardest-working of the sexes with 71 per cent claiming it is necessary to work longer hours to move ahead in comparison to 67 per cent of male office workers.
Another 64 per cent regularly work despite being ill in contrast to just 59 per cent for their male counterparts.
It also appears that women still feel the pressures of being a female in the workplace with 57 per cent compelled to 'power dress' to get ahead in business.
More than a third – 36 per cent – also admit to wearing more make-up at the office.
Saul added: 'It’s well-documented that women still have some way to go in terms of obtaining the same job opportunities as men and in demanding equal pay.
'But the evidence suggests that they will do everything within their power to advance their career – akin to their male business colleagues – so it surely won’t be long until they are on an even keel.'