Glass Ceiling Cracked but not Broken

August 7, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Even though many executives proudly proclaim that the glass ceilings in their companies have been shattered, a new survey suggests the limits on women's corporate advancement are still largely in place.

A CareerBuilder news release says its poll finds 34% of women continue to believe they are paid less than their male counterparts with the same skill sets and qualifications – largely unchanged from the 35% seen in a 2006 survey. Eleven percent of men surveyed say they are in the same boat.

According to the announcement, 40% of men surveyed reported they make $50,000 or more, compared to 21% of women. Nineteen percent of men earn $75,000 or more, compared to 7% of women. On the other end of the pay scale, 47% of women reported they make $35,000 or less compared to 28% of men.

Examining other areas of corporate life, more than a quarter (26%) of female workers say they have fewer career advancement opportunities than their counterparts of the opposite sex with the same skills and qualifications, 18% say they do not get the same amount of training and learning opportunities, and 17% say they do not have the same amount of workplace flexibility.

When it comes to specific industries, women who work in health care (22%), hospitality (22%), and education (30%) are less likely to feel they are paid less than their male counterparts. Women who work in IT (33%) and banking and financial services (33%) are near the national average. Women in manufacturing (44%), retail (41%), and professional and business services (38%) are more likely to report pay discrimination.

Among male respondents, 21% of men in hospitality and 16% of men in banking and financial services say they are paid less than their female counterparts with similar credentials.

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 7,960 U.S. employees employed full-time; not self-employed (4,328 male workers and 3,632 female)between May 22 and June 13, 2008.

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