10/15/2013 09:47 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Canadian Women Business Leaders Feel Underpaid


Ninety-three per cent of Canadian women business leaders feel they are paid less than their male counterparts and that image plays more of a role in their advancement compared to men, according to a new Randstad Canada survey.

Women in the Randstad Women Shaping Business survey released Tuesday said there is still a substantial divide in many areas of business, with more than 70 per cent of respondents saying men are paid more and are more likely to get promoted.

Ninety per cent of women respondents said image is a large or moderate factor in career progression, compared to 36 per cent of men who feel the same way.

"While this is a sensitive issue, marked differences in opinion between those women over [age] 55 and those under 35 suggest that there may be progress underway", Gina Ibghy, chief people officer with Randstad Canada, said in a release.

The recent study of 501 female business leaders was conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada.

Among respondents, 61 per cent said they had to overcome managing work and family, while 53 per cent said there were limited opportunities for women in the job market.

"Much has been said about Canada’s progressive business environment removing the glass ceiling for women in the workplace," says the release, yet the study suggests "many of the key inhibitors to female progression are not easily identifiable factors that can be addressed by corporate policies or workplace procedures, because wider societal perceptions of women and the complexities of male and female interactions are at play."

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