Number of female managers rose sharply in 2010

66,500 women – or 4.8% of all women in the labor force - occupied managerial positions in 2010.

The number of women in managerial jobs rose by 20.3 percent in 2010, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce reported Sunday.
The report, which was released ahead of Tuesday’s International Women’s Day, said 66,500 women, or 4.8% of all women in the labor force, had occupied managerial positions in 2010. This was in contrast to the 136,000 men, or 8.8% of all men in the labor force, who held managerial positions.
Female representation also rose in several other categories covered by the report. The number of women defined as self-employed rose by 3.8% in 2010 compared with the previous year, bringing the total to more than 99,000, or 28% of all self-employed people.
Particularly high growth was recorded in the number of self-employed female lawyers and accountants.
Overall, there was a 3.5% rise in the number of employed females, bringing the total to 1.38 million. The percentage of females participating in the labor force rose to 53.1% in 2010 from 52.5% the previous year. However, the rate of male participation rose even higher, reaching 63% in 2010, up from 61.3% in 2009.
Israela Stier, president of the Stier Group, which organizes international trade fairs and exhibitions, and a member of the FICC presidium, said the report had provided reason for optimism about the status of female managers in the country.
“Israel has always lagged behind other countries in the world in everything connected to the percentage of female managers, and these latest statistics signify a bridging of the gap,” she said.
Stier said research had shown that placing women in managerial positions improved company output, because they are generally more thorough in their work than men and bring emotional qualities that allow them to see outside the box.
“Unfortunately, in Israel and the entire world they don’t adopt this attitude enough,” she said, “and most leading companies hold the traditional view that a woman has less appropriate skills to hold a senior managerial position.”