Methodology

The Polling

The survey was carried out online by Ipsos Global @dvisor from 24 July– 7 August 2015 in the following 17 countries: Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan and the United States. The survey was also carried out face-to-face in South Africa and Indonesia from 6 August – 25 August 2015.

The total sample size is 9,501 female respondents across all 19 countries. Respondents are aged 18-64 in the U.S. and Canada, and 16-64 in all other countries. Sample sizes range from 301 respondents in Saudi Arabia to 1,022 respondents in South Africa. The average sample size is 500 respondents across all countries. All countries are weighted to 500 when calculating the G20 total figures.

Data are weighted to match the population profile of each country by: age, region and household income.

Questions We Asked

Click a question below to explore a summary of the key findings and see the polling results.

Men have better access to jobs than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 48 percent, said men had better access to jobs than they did while only 21 percent did not think this was the case. The poll found that women in Saudi Arabia in particular were concerned about equal access to jobs with 61 percent agreeing or strongly agreeing that men had an advantage.

I have access to the same types of business networks as men?

The poll found that 39 percent of women overall thought they had access to the same types of business networks as men while 24 percent disagreed. Women in Indonesia, Mexico and India were most confident of having the same access to business networks as men while the least confident women were in Japan, South Korea and Italy.

Men have better access to professional development and career growth opportunities than me?

Almost half of the women questioned, or 47 percent, said men did fare better when it came to professional development and career opportunities while 22 percent disagreed. Women in Italy, France and Indonesia were particularly concerned about the lack of level playing field when it came to career opportunities.

It’s as easy for me to start a business as it is for a man?

Over a third of women, or 38 percent, agreed or strongly agreed that it was as easy for them to set up a business as it was for a man while 26 percent did not think this was the case. Women in Mexico , Indonesia, Russia and Turkey were the most confident on this question with more than half of the women polled in those countries agreeing that they had the same opportunities to set up a business as a man.

I am confident that I earn at least the same salary as a man doing the same?

Only four in every 10 women polled, 40 percent, were confident that they were earning the same salary as a man doing the same job. Women in Japan, Germany and France were the least confident that they were paid equally to men. Women in India and Saudi Arabia were most confident about earning the same as their male peers even though World Economic Forum data showed these 2 countries came last in the G20 on a female to male ratio on earned income.

I can have a family without it damaging my career?

Nearly half of the women polled, or 47 percent, said they could have children without damaging their career while 23 percent disagreed. The women most confident about having a family alongside a career were in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa while those who were least confident were in Japan, Germany and Britain.

Polling Data

Download the full poll data. *(Zipped Excel documents).

Differences of +/-1 percentage points in combined figures may be due to computer rounding.

Where findings are the same in two or more countries the ranking has been calculated using figures to one or more decimal places.

Statistical Sources

We used some of the best statistics that are publicly available on women in the workplace as we analysed the results of our 2015 poll on the top issues facing G20 women at work. The World Economic Forum’s highly regarded Global Gender Gap Index, last released for 2014, showed that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Korea and India were ranked last among the G20 nations when it came to the global gender gap measured by economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. Germany, France, South Africa, Canada, and the United States were the best performing G20 countries. We also looked at the WEF’s female to male ratio of estimated earned income, one component of the overall index.

Figures from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed the difference in workforce participation in the G20 nations. Canada, Germany, Britain and Australia were the countries with the largest percentage of women in the workforce while Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey and Mexico came bottom of the list.

The Sampling

Approximately 500+ women participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos Online Panel with the exception of Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and Turkey, where each have a sample approximately 300+. All countries are weighted to 500 when calculating the G20 total figures. The margin of error between two country sample sizes of 500 is roughly 6% at the 95% confidence interval. Data are weighted to match the population profile of each country by: age, region and household income.

The total sample size is 9,501 female respondents across all 19 countries. Respondents are aged 18-64 in the U.S. and Canada, and 16-64 in all other countries. Approximately 45% of the sample was below the age of 35, 33% were between 35 and 49 years old and 23% were between 50 and 64 years old. The income distribution for the overall G20 sample was 33% categorised with a high income, 35% with medium income and 23% with low income.

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