Greek women need more time to climb to top

International Women’s Day on March 8 is an excuse to look at how egalitarian the Greek business ladder really is

The Grant Thornton International Business Report shows that top management positions in Greece that are held by women reached 27% in 2015, dropping from 29% in 2014. Only 15% of the women who participated in the research said they worked for 1-5 years before being promoted to a top position compared to the Eurozone average of 33%. More than 1 in 2 of the women (62%) had to work 6-15 years in order to be promoted to these positions while 15% said the necessary work experience required for them to climb the ladder of their professions exceeded 20 years.

Grant Thornton Greece Human Resources Chief Joanna Moutafi said that the “steps needed to support working women in Greece are taken very slowly. As the research shows, almost one in two Greek women (46%) states that motherhood constricts their professional development because the necessary infrastructure to support them doesn’t exist.”