Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Germans back voluntary quotas for women

Share this article

Germans back voluntary quotas for women
Photo: DPA
15:17 CEST+02:00
Most Germans would like to see firms adopt a voluntary quota to ensure that women hold a certain percentage of top management jobs – but only around one in four would like to see this enshrined in law, new figures show.

Family Minister Kristina Schröder has been pushing for a voluntary quota, while Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants a legally enforceable one.

The two cabinet members are often depicted by the German media as being at odds.

The survey, published by Der Spiegel on Friday was commissioned by the ARD public television station. It showed one in four Germans favours legally requiring companies to hold a certain percentage of top manager jobs for women.

There was a big difference when it came to gender.

Nearly a third of the women questioned wanted a law requiring a quota, while just 17 percent of men shared that view.

The survey showed that 61 percent of people would like to see companies volunteering to ensure 30 percent of their management positions are filled by women, while 24 percent want that quota to be written into law.

The report was based on an ARD-German trend survey of 1,000 Germans conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday by the polling firm Infratest Dimap, the online site said.

The Local/mw

Europe's Leading Job Site for
International Talent - The Local Jobs
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

10 things you should never do in Germany

Every country has its own unique cultural dos and don'ts. You won't get a round of applause for remembering the dos, but you can get into seriously hot water for forgetting the don'ts. To help you out, here's The Local's guide to 10 things you should never do in Germany.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement