Women Comprise 41% Of The  Global Supply Chain Workforce: Study

Women Comprise 41% Of The Global Supply Chain Workforce: Study

Women comprise 41 per cent of the supply chain workforce globally in 2021, up from 39 per cent last year, according to the Gartner survey.


However, 54 per cent of survey respondents claimed that retaining mid-career women is an increasing challenge.


"Lack of career opportunities is the top reason that mid-career women left a supply chain organisation or provider. The second-most selected option was development opportunities," the report revealed.


Every leadership level witness an increase in representation, except the executive level where there has been a slight decline.


In 2021, women account for 15 per cent of executive level roles in supply chain, down from 17 per cent in 2020.



Dana Stiffler, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, said "Contrary to other industries, supply chain's mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains."


"This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations," she said in a statement.


The findings, however, showed the highest percentage of women in the supply chain workforce since the first edition of the survey in 2016.


The pandemic does not appear to have disrupted supply chain gender equality efforts  as  84% of responding organisations stated that COVID-19 had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women.


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