Canadian Women Report Workplace Inequalities

August 29, 2008 ( - Almost a quarter (23%) of female workers in Canada say they feel they are being paid less than their equally qualified male counterparts, according to a recent survey by

The online survey also found that nearly two-in-ten female workers (19%) feel members of the opposite sex have more career advancement opportunities even when both workers are equally qualified. In addition, 16% indicated they do not have the same amount of job flexibility and 16% say they receive fewer opportunities for training and development, according to a press release.

When asked to what they attribute this inequality, female workers said:

  • Men are perceived as needing to have more money to support their families (41%),
  • Men tend to be more aggressive in their compensation negotiations (35%),
  • Men tend to get better or more high profile projects (33%),
  • Management tends to show favoritism to men (30%), and
  • Men tend to schmooze more with the boss (25%).

Only 12% of male workers said they believe they have lower salaries than female workers.

The survey, “Workplace Equality,” included 247 male workers and 285 female workers, and was conducted between May 22 and June 13, 2008.