Study: 43% of Indonesian Women Feel Under-Represented in Leadership Roles

Forty-three percent of women surveyed in Indonesia feel that they are inadequately represented in leadership positions, according to the latest whitepaper titled “Empowering Women In The Workplace” from specialist professional recruitment firm Robert Walters. In comparison, 55% of male respondents in Indonesia state that they think women have sufficient standing in business leading roles.

Thirty-seven percent of the respondents in Indonesia agreed that women made up more than 20% of leadership positions in their organisations. In addition, 62% believed that there are strong female leaders within their organisations that they can look up to as role models.

Further advocating the need for gender diversity in the workplace, a majority (71%) of women in Indonesia cited the opportunities to network within the business and engage with senior management as the most helpful driver in empowering them to develop their careers.

“Managing family commitments was ranked as the main reason behind some Indonesian female employees being unable to achieve leadership positions in the workplace,” comments Vicky Semidang, Manager at Robert Walters Indonesia. “Employers could consider offering flexible working options for this group of women and cultivating an inclusive workplace environment that promotes gender equality. Measures like this will help women to progress in their careers.”

Forty-three percent of females in Indonesia think their current employer has clear and enforced policies on gender diversity, equality and inclusion. Half or 52% of women surveyed acknowledge the presence of fair and equal representation of female business leaders in their organisation.

When asked to name the top three reasons why women are under-represented, 28% of all respondents in Indonesia cited family pressures or commitments outside of work. Additionally, 19% believed women faced difficulties returning to work after having children, and 15% attributed it to a workplace culture that does not actively foster diversity, inclusion and equality.