Hamburg, November 16, 2018

Very little progress on the subject of women in management positions / Hamburg is the capital of managers

The debate about women in management positions has been going on in Germany for years, and has recently become increasingly intense. As a result, relatively little has happened. The number of women at the top is hardly increasing. Women currently account for 22.6 per cent of the managerial workforce in companies, only 0.1 percentage points more than 24 months ago.

This is shown by a study by the information service provider CRIFBÜRGEL, in which around 3.15 million management positions from almost 1.3 million companies in Germany were analysed in terms of age, gender and region (cut-off date 30 October 2018). The management positions evaluated are managing directors, members and chairmen of the supervisory boards and members and chairmen of the executive boards.

The eastern German federal states are leading the way when it comes to women in management positions. With a women's quota in management positions of 28.3 per cent, Brandenburg is, as two years ago (26.1 per cent), the leader nationwide. Also in Saxony (27.1 percent) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (26.8 percent), the proportion of women in top positions is significantly higher than the national average (22.6 percent). With a ratio of 22.6 percent, Hesse is in line with the national average. Baden-Wuerttemberg (18.8 per cent), Bavaria (19.6 per cent) and North Rhine-Westphalia (20.7 per cent) in particular have a lot of catching up to do in terms of the proportion of women.

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