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Women hold more jobs in management, but still few

July 26,2019
The portion of female executives at Korea’s 500 largest companies in terms of sales came to 3.6 percent in 2018, continuing a trend of modest annual growth, according to a survey released Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the Gender Ministry, showed a total of 14,460 C-suite executives as of last year, 518 of whom are women.

During the reported year, the number of women executives increased by 64, or 0.6 percentage points, from a year earlier. The proportion of women executives at the companies edged up to 3.0 percent in 2017 from 2.7 percent in 2016, 2.4 percent in 2015 and 2.3 percent in 2014.

According to the survey, the number of companies with more than one female executive increased 18 from a year ago to 190.

The number of companies whose portion of women executives is higher than 10 percent, 20 percent, 30 percent and 40 percent were at 60, 14, five and zero, respectively.

Hansae, an apparel maker, topped the list in terms of the ratio of female executives, at 38.9 percent, followed by fashion company Handsome, at 36.8 percent and educational company Daekyo, health care company Handok and builder Seohee at 33.3 percent.

Among the 30 biggest companies, CJ Cheiljedang led the pack at 15.1 percent, compared with Samsung Electronics’ 5.2 percent, SK’s 2.7 percent, Hyundai Motor’s 0.7 percent, Posco’s 2.6 percent and LG Electronics’ 2.1 percent.

Of the 500 country’s largest companies, the information and communications, retail and finance, and insurance and manufacturing sectors were 8.4 percent, 5.1 percent, 3.4 percent and 3.2 percent female at the executive level, respectively.