What the workplace gender gap looks like in 10 countries across Asia


By Shalene Gupta

Gender inequality is a global issue, but it doesn’t look the same everywhere. While on average there are about four women for every 10 men in a leadership role, in Asia this drops to one woman to every 10 men.

Agoda, a travel platform based in Singapore, released its “Women in the Workplace: Asia” survey, which includes insights gathered from 12,000 people across 10 Asian markets. Here are the key insights:

    The glass ceiling is very real: On average, 46% of people said the glass ceiling for women exists. This was particularly true for Vietnamese respondents (63%), Thai (56%), and Taiwanese (53%) respondents, while only 27% of Filipino respondents agreed.

    Younger generations are more sensitive to the glass ceiling: 53% of respondents from ages 18-24 said the glass ceiling still exists, compared to 42% of respondents over 45 years old. Moreover, 35% of 18- to 24-year-olds have quit their jobs or have known someone who quit because of gender discrimination, compared to only 12% of people age 55 and above.

    Positive change is afoot: 70% of respondents said the workplace has improved for women over the past five years, while only 8% said it’s worsened. However, 32% of men said it’s significantly improved, compared to only a quarter of women. Japan and South Korea earned the lowest marks for improving, with 40% of respondents saying there was no change or a worse environment for women. In contrast, the Philippines, India, and Indonesia earned high marks for improvement.

Eliana Carmel, chief people officer at Agoda, said: “Understanding and embracing generational differences in the workforce is not just a strategic advantage; it’s the key to unlocking innovation, fostering collaboration, and building a workplace that thrives on diverse perspectives.”

What the workplace gender gap looks like in 10 countries across Asia

The survey included responses from workers in India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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