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Women make gains in corner office but still lag far behind men, reports show

Separate studies by LinkedIn and a policy institute show more women are being hired into leadership positions, but there are still fewer of those slots available.

Canada, the United States and Francehave the highest percentage of women in leadership positions, with an average ofone-third of women holding those roles.

Around the world, more and more women are being hired into upper management slots in a variety of fields, according to a recent study by LinkedIn.

Women currently hold about 28 percent of all leadership positions available globally, according to the business networking site, a 3-percent increase compared to 2008.

"While there is still a gap, we are seeing significant strides," the study said.

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It wasn’t all good news, however.

According to a separate study in the Economic Policy Institute, women in the U.S. make only 79 cents on every dollar earned by men, held back in large part by the lack of access to higher-paying upper management positions.

The LinkedIn study, meanwhile, used information from working women in10 countries. It sought to uncover the industries and positions where women are thriving. The study also tried to show how leadership positions vary for genders across industries, job titles and countries, as well as identify the barriers women still need to overcome.

The study analyzed millions of LinkedIn member profiles to infer trends on hiring and leadership among women in the workplace between 2008 and 2016.

Women held more leadership positions in every industry except oil and energy, and the study shows that the number of female chief executives, while still low at just 18 percent worldwide, is also growing across all industries.

Leading the way is the education/nonprofit industry, with47 percentof women in management positions. Technology saw the largest overall rate of changein hiring rates at18 percent.

The data also shows that diversity and inclusion are growing priorities for companies across the world.

There has been a35 percent increase in global hires made with diversity job titles, according to the report.

“One of the key aspects to closing the gender gap is to identify where we’ve made progress, tackle obstacles to close the leadership gap, and provide resources to help create leadership paths for women,” the study states.

 
 
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