Policy / Systems / Technology

November 29, 2007


Number of Female Managerial Workers Increases

Keywords: Government Manufacturing industry Non-manufacturing industry Policy / Systems 

On August 9, 2007, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan announced the results of the Basic Survey of Employment Management of Women for fiscal 2006. Companies that have managerial and administrative female workers account for 66.6 percent of respondents, a 15.0-point increase from the survey in FY1989, three years after the enactment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law. The 2006 survey also showed that the percentage of female managerial workers increased particularly in large companies.

Companies that are taking positive action to help women develop their abilities account for 20.7 percent, while those that do not have a plan to take such action account for 22.3 percent. Of the companies that do not have such plans, 56.7 percent stated that this is because women have already shown their full potential and have had great success. This percentage has increased by 12.5 points from the previous survey in fiscal 2003.

Female workers who took childcare leave account for 88.5 percent, while male workers account for 0.57 percent, which represent 15.4-point and 0.13-point increases, respectively, from the previous survey in fiscal 2003. Meanwhile, companies that have childcare support systems, such as allowing reduced working hours account for 51.7 percent, up 6.4 points from the previous survey in fiscal 2003.

The latest survey was conducted in October 2006 among 7,000 companies with 30 or more employees, and the response rate was 85.4 percent.

- Number of Childcare Leave Takers in Japan Increases for Women, Remains Unchanged for Men (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2007/11/29 09:22:46 AM
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