Only a quarter of women (27%) in the UK feel confident that they will receive a pay rise within the next 12 months, compared with 40 percent of men, according to a new report by Glassdoor.

This figure has dropped by three percentage points in the last quarter. Also revealed in the report, just 37 percent of employed women are positive about the future outlook for their company compared to 41 percent of men. When it comes to finding a new job, only 32 percent of women think that they would be able to find another job easily, this is once again lower than men at 37 percent.

The Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among UK employees, looked at four key areas of employee confidence; job security, salary expectations, job market optimism/re-hire possibilities and business outlook optimism. The survey also explored what employees appreciate and value when it comes to managers, and the relationship between perceptions of low salary and job retention.

63 percent of women said they appreciate a line manager who is ‘supportive’ compared with just 52 percent of men. 53 percent of women also want a boss that makes them feel valued compared to 45 percent of men. Men, it seems, are more concerned with having a boss that motivates them (46%) and who listens to their ideas (30%).

Employee preference of managers in the workplace found that just 14 percent of employees would prefer to have a female boss, and 25 percent said they would prefer a male. 61 percent had no preference either way.

Other gender differences found include how much of a factor salary is when resigning from a company. 39 percent of men said that a low salary had been the major factor in them leaving a position in the past, compared to 30 percent of women saying the same.

Jon Ingham, Glassdoor career and workplace expert comments:

“Salaries are starting to move up but women risk getting left behind if more men than women get a pay rise. While the economic news generally is more positive, this is a worrying development if it means that female employees are being held back in their career and men are being treated more favourably. This is particularly concerning since it is widely accepted that women are less likely to be as assertive in negotiating when they get a job offer, so if they start low and stay low, then we’ve got a serious case of workplace inequality on our hands that is only going to get worse.”






Amie Filcher is an editorial assistant at HRreview.