The Equality Act is taking effect nearly three years after becoming law in Hamburg’s civil service, the senate said Wednesday (August 16, 2017). However, the act has yet to spread to all sectors even though progress has been made in terms of equality.
More women in civil service
The share of women employees in Hamburg has risen, according to the senate. In late 2016, some 55.3 per cent of all employees were women and men accounted for 44.7 per cent. The share of women in leading positions came to 39.9 per cent on December 31, 2016. The share of women in managerial positions in authorities and state businesses increased from 14.5 per cent in 2012 to 24.2 per cent. Women also accounted for 35 per cent of heads of departments and divisions.
Part-time work largely done by women
The share of women in professions such as architecture and civil engineering, which are usually dominated by men, grew to 44.4 per cent. And the share of women in the police force increased from 24.9 per cent in 2016 to 24.9 per cent. Part-time work is still done mainly by women, the study found while the share of men in part-time work at 14.3 per cent remains far lower than women (49.5 per cent).
Dr. Christoph Krupp, State Councillor, said: “We are on a good path in terms of equality. We are particularly pleased by women’s progress to leading, executive positions. However, work still needs to be done and the personnel office, ministries, offices and companies will intensify their efforts.“
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