UAE tops region in gender equality in the workplace, poll shows

A Bayt.com and YouGov poll shows that a vast majority of women in the UAE believe they have achieved gender equality in their workplaces
UAE tops region in gender equality in the workplace, poll shows
By Staff writer
Tue 19 Dec 2017 10:11 AM

The UAE is the easiest place in the Middle East and North Africa for women to find a job, according to a new survey conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov.

According to the ‘working women in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey, more than three-quarters of women in the Middle East said that they believe job offers are based entirely on experience and qualifications, regardless of gender. Additionally, more than 8 out of 10 women in the UAE said they believed that they’d achieved the same level of workplace equality as women in the west.

Regionally, 75 percent of respondents say there is a mix of both genders in their workplace. In the UAE, this figure was considerably higher, with 84 percent of respondents saying they worked in a mixed-gender office, with a large majority (73 percent) saying they were comfortable doing so, and more than half (54) percent saying they were ‘extremely’ comfortable.

Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of respondents working in a mixed-gender environment said they had a male manager, about the same number (73 percent) said they had no preference.

Across the region, survey respondents reported receiving a number of women-specific benefits in their workplace, such as personal health insurance (47 percent), paid maternity leave (40 percent), company transport or transport allowance (34 percent), job-related training (32 percent), and family health insurance (23 percent).

Additionally, 69 percent of women regionally said their organisation gives them at least one month of official maternity leave, with only 5 percent saying they receive less.

The top three challenges cited by MENA women were less opportunity for job promotions (44 percent), a stressful and demanding work environment (37 percent) and a lack of adequate job training and coaching (30 percent).

Despite the challenges, most women in the region said they believe women and men are treated equally in various facets of their work life, including working hours (68 percent) training and development (68 percent), advice and support (60 percent), recruitment (56 percent) and benefits (55 percent).

“It is a given that women play a vital role in the workplace today, and we are glad to see that in the MENA region, organizations are doing much more to accommodate women and promote workplace equality,” said Rania Nseir, director of business development at Bayt.com

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