According to a survey by professional services network PwC, 41 per cent of women aged 20 to 35, starting out in their careers, believe that they can reach the very top level.
PwC’s research report The female millennial: A new era of talent is based on international research with 10,105 millennial respondents from over 70 countries worldwide, 8,756 of whom were female millennials.
This research, created to mark International Women’s Day this Sunday, provides insight into the new era of female talent and how young women are keen to advance to the top.
For example, 62 per cent said that career progression was the most attractive quality an employer could have – making them more career confident and ambitious than previous generations. A further 83 per cent said they sought out employers with a strong record on diversity and equality.
When asked why they might leave their current employer, 19 per cent said when they were starting a family and wanted to spend more time at home, similar to 18 per cent of males.
Out of 35 countries, the UK’s female millennials came 21st – along with Australia and Hong Kong – for confidence in the workplace.
Gaenor Bagley, head of diversity at PwC, said: “Our research shows that we are seeing a new era of female talent with ambitious and highly educated women entering the workforce in larger numbers than any previous generation.
“But this is not the only thing that has changed. They also enter the workforce with a different career mind-set. They are ambitious and are looking to progress, but are conscious that not all employers will create the right environment for them to do this.
“If employers want to attract more than their fair share of this talented workforce, they need to show that they are taking diversity seriously.”
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To access the full report, click here.