HOW EMPLOYERS ARE TACKLING THE PROBLEM
The Women at Accor Generation (WAAG) program aims to have 50 per cent of female hotel general managers at its hotels by 2020. There are now around 38 per cent in Australia, but far lower in many countries in Asia.
“All staff are offered international mobility programs but, overall, because men still hold more GM roles, they are the ones that are most likely to be offered international exposure,” Reid says.
“Looking at our Singapore head office, we have 41 expats here from across the globe and 19 are women, so I think that shows that at least at head office level women are being offered international experience.
“What I can see, though, is of those 19 women who are expats, only four of us are mothers so there may be something that holds mothers back from being offered or taking international placements.”
Telstra is implementing a new platform to hold information about each employee’s skills, experience, location, education, and whether they’re interested in international.
Signaling the success of its efforts to be fair in candidate selection, more than 35 per cent of its current international assignees are women. This is a greater proportion than the gender balance across the group, which was 30.2 per cent in 2014.