Worldwide Index of Women as Public Sector Leaders

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Last year, EY published its inaugural Worldwide Index of Women as Public Sector Leaders, which showed that while women account for around 48% of the overall public sector workforce they represent less than 20% of senior public sector leadership roles across the G20. We have updated the research to monitor what progress has been made to match the ambitions and public commitments of many governments.

This year’s study shows that only five countries in the G20 have over a third or more women in senior leadership roles across the public sector. Canada (45.9%), Australia (39.2%), South Africa (38.1%), the United Kingdom (36.2%) and Brazil (33.8%) — occupy the top slots respectively, though South Africa has moved up one place to number three. Overall, the 2014 Index shows a moderately encouraging picture — in all but five of the countries surveyed the proportion of women in public sector leadership posts has increased.

Overall, progress has not been as swift as one might hope. This year’s Index again spotlights the fact that women remain significantly under-represented in senior public service roles of most G20 countries, as well as similarly under-represented in parliaments and ministerial positions. On average, the proportion of women in relation to the overall population in the G20 has grown by 1% or 2% annually. At this rate, it would take at minimum five years for even the countries at the top of the Index to reach parity between men and women in these senior public leadership positions.

The 2014 Worldwide Index of Women as Public Sector Leaders

G20 Country

2014 Index Rank

Women Leaders- 2014 Index

2013 Index Rank

Women Leaders- 2013 Index

Canada

1

45.9%

1

45.0%

Australia

2

39.2%

2

37.0%

South Africa

3

38.1%

4

33.8%

United Kingdom

4

36.2%

3

35.0%

Brazil

5

33.8%

5

32.1%

United States

6

33.5%

6

31.0%

Italy

7

28.0%

7

27.0%

European Commission

8

27.5%

9

20.5%

Argentina

9

27.0%

10

19.0%

France

10

25.0%

8

21.4%

Russia

11

23.4%

13

13.0%

Mexico

12

20.6%

11

14.0%

Germany

13

17.0%

14

13.0%

Indonesia

14

16.4%

16

8.7%

India

15

14.8%

18

7.7%

Turkey

16

9.4%

12

13.6%

China

17

9.1%

15

11.5%

South Korea

18

4.8%

17

8.6%

Japan

19

1.8%

19

2.5%

Saudi Arabia

20

0.0%

20

0.0%

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