The female participation rate in Vietnam workplace is impressive, but there is still a lot of disparity. Vietnam is ranked second for the most number of women in senior management among Asian countries. But women continue to form a large majority of the working poor, earn less income, and face precarious working conditions.
But what about NOI community?
56% shared that they never felt paid less because of their gender, while 44% have once experienced being paid less because of their gender. But is it easy for our community to realise they may be experiencing a gender pay gap?
59% of women who took the survey shared that they rarely talk about their salary with their friends. And 96% have experienced working in an environment where wages were confidential. As salaries are rarely public, job offers don’t share a salary range, and salary survey doesn’t cover all industries or small business units, it’s challenging for women to know a fair salary.
And what may put women even more at risk of being paid less is that they rarely negotiate their salary. 54% of respondents rarely negotiated their salary, and when we included the ones that rarely dare to negotiate, 82% of women often take a job without trying to negotiate their salary.
But why? It isn’t because of a lack of ambition.
61% said they are ready to take on more responsibilities, while 2% would say they never want to advance. But not in any role, company or conditions: 39,4% already refused to take on a leadership role.
Either their company failed to offer them the right conditions to become a leader (lack of training, no salary increase, poor work-life balance), or they did not feel confident enough.
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