28 Mar, 2011 @ 10:00
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Spain is lacking in girl power

THE number of women in managerial posts has decreased over the last three years in Spain.

Despite the government promoting equality laws, the percentage of women in senior positions dropped from 19 per cent to 11.7 per cent.

It has emerged that of the 502 executives on the boards of Spain’s leading companies, only 54 are women.

Alarmingly, half a dozen of the biggest companies do not have a single woman in top-level management.

It coincides with news that only 50 per cent of women with families work due to the lack of flexible hours and childcare.

In the UK and Germany, women leave work temporarily when they have a child but more often than not return to their job.

Whereas in Spain, when mothers leave work they rarely return.

Economics professor Sara de la Rica from the Universidad del Pais Vasco said Spain needs to introduce more flexible working hours and job security in the public sector where more than half the employees are female.

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