The ratio between the number of males and females in a society is referred to as the gender ratio. This delicate balance is influenced by a number of different biological, social, cultural and economic factors. This also works the other way around, as gender imbalances have an effect on society as a whole, that including our economy and industry. This ratio is by no means stable, especially when it comes to the world of work. This is where the problem of the ‘gender split’ comes in.
The gender split describes the disparity of men and women in society, the labour market and business world. It has been a central question in recent years as increasing efforts have been made to address and understand why certain industries still have major imbalances between the number of male and female employees.
Employees are the backbone of the companies they work for, as well as the industries that they are employed in – but which industries see a higher total of men or women in their workforce and how gender diverse are the different business sectors?