Australian workplace a 'bit of a boys' club': Study

One-half of Australians say promotions not always based on merit

Many Australian women feel like they aren't being treated equally in the workplace, according to a new study.

The study, commissioned by the Australian government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), also found nearly one-half of all men admit their workplace is a "bit of a boys' club" but only one-in-five think women aren't being treated equally in the workplace.

The survey of more than 1,600 people found widespread concern about the way Australian bosses were handing out promotions, with more than one-half (both men and women) saying promotions were not always based on merit.

More than one-third of women respondents said women had to "work a lot harder to prove themselves" and that male colleagues were often promoted more quickly.

Gender biases and old-school attitudes are preventing women aged 16 to 65 from fully participating in the workforce, said Anna McPhee, director of EOWA.

With labour shortages affecting so many industries, sidelining women's careers will hurt the Australian economy, said McPhee.

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