Number of women in senior management roles increased between 2016 and 2022 – INE


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The percentage of women in the total number of workers with management functions in companies fell by 3.5 percentage points (p.p.) between 2016 and 2022, to 37.8%, but the proportion of those who have top functions rose in the same period.

These data are contained in the survey on management practices in 2022, whose results were released today by the National Statistics Institute (INE), based on 3,254 valid responses, and which updates the data released in 2017 based on a similar survey that had as reference the year 2016.

In 2022, 37.8% of the total number of persons employed in management positions in the enterprises responding to the survey were women, a decrease of 3.5 p.p. compared to 2016.

On the other hand, according to Statistics Portugal, women in management positions represented 9.5% of the total number of female employees (-6.2 p.p. compared to 2016) and only 4.4% of the total number of employees in the responding companies in 2022 (-2.1 p.p. compared to 2016).

However, and despite the downward trend, “the proportion of women with senior management functions in the total number of persons employed with this type of function was 29.0% (+2.1 p.p. than in 2016)”, points out the national statistics institute.

The survey also found that more than half of the enterprises (51.3%) with a valid response were 20 years old or older, were part of economic groups (62.6%) and were micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (65.4%).

On the other hand, 54% of the companies were owned by their founders or their family members (a decrease of 2.6 p.p. compared to 2016), the majority (62.6%) had senior managers with a university degree or higher.

For more than 60% of companies, the characteristics that best describe a top manager are “Making decisions”, “Taking responsibility” and “Leading by example”, mentioned by 69.0%, 64.9% and 46.8% of companies, respectively.

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