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How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work

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It’s a well-documented fact that women are lagging men in workplace equality. Different reports peg the time to gender parity at as much as 100 years. Now new Accenture research shows that digital is helping to shorten that timeline and close gender gap and for women in the workplace. Our research examines how digital fluency – the extent to the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies — is creating new opportunities for women throughout the career lifecycle, from education to employment to advancement, and helping to level the playing field for women at work.

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How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work

  1. 1. Getting To Equal How Digital is Helping Close the Gender Gap at Work Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. Accenture, its logo, and High Performance Delivered are trademarks of Accenture.
  2. 2. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 2 THE ACCENTURE DIGITAL FLUENCY MODEL Digital Fluency is the extent to which women and men embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective • The Accenture Digital Fluency Model allows us to measure the extent to which women and men are leveraging digital to advance throughout their career lifecycle. The score is out of a possible 100. • Our Digital Fluency Model combines data from our survey of 4,900 men and women in 31 countries with published data from respected sources like the World Bank, OECD and the United Nations. • Through regression analysis, our model is able to analyze the relationship between, and estimate the effect of Digital Fluency on career achievement. Digital Fluency Extent to which both men and women have embraced digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective. Education The level of education women achieve Employment Getting a job and remaining in the workforce Advancement How well women are doing as they move towards leadership Digital Fluency Model – Overall Score The Driver Career Achievement Overall Model
  3. 3. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 3 THE ACCENTURE DIGITAL FLUENCY MODEL The model shows how digitally fluent women and men are, and how much that fluency is helping drive positive changes in their education, employment and advancement at work • Men outscore women in every country we studied. • The US, Netherlands, Australia, UK and Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) have the highest overall scores and rank amongst the top performers on workplace equality. • Increasing digital fluency in countries like India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Mexico will help improve outcomes in education and employment. • Women in, for example, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Japan have reasonable levels of digital fluency yet are not achieving the outcomes we would expect. Digital fluency alone is clearly not the solution for every country – cultural factors are another significant consideration. Overall Model Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 0.00 10.00 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 80.00 India Indonesia Philippines Mexico Saudi Arabia South Africa Greater China Italy Brazil Japan Korea, Rep. Germany Austria Argentina Singapore United Arab Emirates France Switzerland Ireland Canada Spain United Kingdom Nordic Australia Netherlands United States Digital Fluency Model - Women DIGITAL FLUENCY EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT 55 – top score 12 lowest score 41– mid score
  4. 4. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 4 DIGITAL FLUENCY SCORES VARY WIDELY BETWEEN COUNTRIES AND REGIONS Nations with higher rates of digital fluency among women tend to have higher rates of equality in the workplace • The Netherlands, Nordic countries, US and UK rank highest in terms of digital fluency for women. • Countries can improve gender equality in the workplace by raising digital fluency levels which, in turn, will help women make gains in education, employment and career advancement. Score 22 Digital fluency scoreOverall score for women Rank: A lower rank means women are doing better relative to men22 Digital fluency Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 Rank by Gap in Career Achievements (lower is better) 12 1 4 8 18 25 6 7 22 15 16 11 2 23 19 9 26 13 3 17 10 5 21 14 24 20[CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] [CELLRANGE] -5 5 15 25 35 45 55 Indonesia India Philippines Mexico Greater China South Africa Brazil Argentina Italy Saudi Arabia Austria Singapore Japan France Ireland Germany Switzerland Korea, Rep. Australia Spain United Arab Emirates Canada United Kingdom United States Nordic Netherlands Digital Fluency of Women
  5. 5. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 5 GAPS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN The size of the gap in digital fluency between men and women varies greatly across countries and regions. • Increasing women’s digital fluency and closing the gap improves equality at work. • The biggest gaps between the scores of men and women are seen in Japan, Singapore, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands • Why the differences? Men still use digital more than women and are more aggressive in pursuing digital fluency. In some countries cultural norms are holding women back despite there being evidence that digital has released more potential from women Digital fluency Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 MenWomen 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 UK Irland SouthKorea Spain Argentina 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 Japan Singapore France Switzerland Netherlands Countries with the Biggest Gender Gaps Countries with the Smallest Gender Gaps DigitalFluencyscore
  6. 6. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 6 0 20 40 60 80 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Education Digital Fluency Women Men INFLUENCE OF DIGITAL FLUENCY ON EDUCATION Education outcomes rise as digital fluency increases. In fact, women have achieved higher education outcomes in 16 of the countries we studied. • There is a strong relationship between digital fluency and education. • Digital fluency has helped to change the game in education and has fuelled the trend for women to overtake men in secondary education and higher education (university). In many countries, women are better educated than men. Women score higher than men and pull away as their digital fluency increases Education Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 Note: Chart depicts the statistical relationship (regression) between digital fluency and education. The steeper the slope of the line, the higher the effect of digital fluency on education. Dots represent countries in our study – men (blue) and women (orange)
  7. 7. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 7 EDUCATION LEVELS FOR WOMEN ARE RISING Women are achieving more with each generation and aspirations for our daughters are high. Percentage of Women Earning a College/University Degree or Higher Education Base = Working Women; n=1,745 80% 62% 35% 78% 59% 27% 79% 54% 23% Respondent's Daughter(s)Survey RespondentRespondent's Mother(s) Millennials Gen X Baby Boomers
  8. 8. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 8 0 20 40 60 80 100 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Employment Digital Fluency Women Men INFLUENCE OF DIGITAL FLUENCY ON EMPLOYMENT Women’s ability to find and participate in work rises as digital fluency increases. • There is a strong positive relationship between digital fluency and employment. • The impact of digital fluency on employment opportunities is more pronounced for women than for men, evidenced by the steeper line on the graph. • This is helping to close the gap between women and men in employment. Employment Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 Note: Chart depicts the statistical relationship (regression) between digital fluency and employment. The steeper the slope of the line, the higher the effect of digital fluency on employment. Women still score below men, but the gap closes as digital fluency increases Dots represent countries in our study – men (blue) and women (orange)
  9. 9. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 9 INFLUENCE OF DIGITAL FLUENCY ON ADVANCEMENT AT WORK Digital is beginning to accelerate women’s advancement in the workplace, but has not yet had an effect on the gender pay gap • There is a relationship, albeit a weak one, between Digital Fluency and advancement. It is only beginning to accelerate opportunity for women in the workplace. • Digital also has a positive impact on pay for both genders, HOWEVER, the pay gap between men and women is not yet closing. • Interestingly, Millennials, the most digitally fluent generation, are doing worse, in terms of the pay gap, than the Baby Boomers. Survey responses show that men are by far the dominant earners by household for all three generations Gen XMillennials Baby Boomers Advancement Base = Working men and women (excluding those who live alone/single parent): 2,783 65% 70% 64% 22% 18% 23% 13% 12% 13% Male highest earner Female highest earner Earn equal amounts
  10. 10. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 10 0 20 40 60 80 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 CareerAchievement Digital Fluency Women Men THE GENDER EQUALITY GAP AT WORK CLOSES AS DIGITAL FLUENCY INCREASES By combining all three of the career achievement measures (education, employment and advancement) our model clearly shows the overall workplace gender gap closing as digital fluency increases. Career achievement (vertical axis) represents the combined score for education, employment and advancement at work and offers a holistic view of the influence of digital fluency on women’s equality in preparing for work, finding work and advancing at work. Overall Model Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 Note: Chart depicts the statistical relationship (calculated through regression analysis) between digital fluency and career achievement on the vertical axis. The steeper the slope of the line, the higher the relationship. Women still score below men, but the gap closes as digital fluency increases Dots represent countries in our study – men (blue) and women (orange)
  11. 11. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 11 DIGITAL HAS THE POWER TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS TOWARD GENDER EQUALITY If governments and businesses double the pace at which women become digitally fluent, countries could significantly shorten the time to workplace gender equally. Overall Model Source: Accenture Digital Fluency Model, 2016 Note: Estimates are based on regression analysis to forecast what would happen to the overall digital fluency scores (i.e. our measure of equality) if the current pace at which women acquire digital skills doubled. 20152015
  12. 12. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 12 PEOPLE ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE Our survey shows that men and women alike believe that women will thrive as a wider variety of working arrangements, enabled by digital, replace traditional ways of working. 70% 70% Women Men 70% Millennial women 75% Millennial men (highest percentage among groups) Base = Working men and women; n=3,528
  13. 13. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 13 www.accenture.com/gettingtoequal Get the Full Report
  14. 14. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 14 ABOUT US About Accenture Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com. About Accenture Research Accenture Research is a global team of industry and digital analysts who create data-driven insights to identify disruptors, opportunities and risks for Accenture and its clients. Using innovative business research techniques such as economic value modeling, analytics, crowdsourcing, expert networks, surveys, data visualization and research with academic and business partners they create hundreds of points of view that are published by Accenture every year. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. Accenture, its logo, and High Performance Delivered are trademarks of Accenture.

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