Future talent strategies: gender diversity


As global talent shortages grow more acute, new ways of engaging and developing the business leaders of tomorrow are needed to deliver sustainable talent strategies for the future.

Businesses are investing in their people, but neglecting to address the issues of why women are leaving the workforce, and why women continue to be underrepresented in business at the senior level.


Our exclusive research gives exclusive insight into how employers can best create strategies and policies to ensure gender diversity in the workplace. We asked women executives about their key concerns and what motivates them to stay with an employer.

Key information

  • 77% of those surveyed believe women are underrepresented in business leadership
  • 80% women rank flexible work options for parents as important - but only half of employers offer this
  • 44% of women surveyed would change jobs to find an employer with a better maternity policy
  • 53% of women who took a break from their career felt they were disadvantaged when they returned

To find out more and access the research in full please download the PDF here

About the research

This research, based on a survey of almost 500 women working in professional disciplines, explores the effectiveness of current strategies to empower and advance women in the workplace, looking at areas such as flexible working, mentoring, leadership and even asking women what constitutes a successful career.

About the Robert Walters Insight Series

This whitepaper is the sixth in the Robert Walters Insight Series. The Insight Series is a range of thought-leading whitepapers aimed at assisting employers in their recruitment strategies and helping them to address key talent management issues.

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