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March 07, 2011 15:40 ET

According to New Monster.ca Poll, the Sexes Don't Agree on the Status of Women in the Canadian Workplace

Canadian Women Believe They have Unequal Access to Opportunities at Work, Men Disagree

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - A new Monster.ca poll released in time for International Women's Day has found that when it comes to access to opportunities at work, men and women disagree on just how far women have come. The survey of 2,040 Canadians, conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion, found that 33 per cent of women say they have less access to opportunities at work than men, whereas just 17 per cent of men responded this way. 

"The survey results demonstrate that there's still room for improvement in both women's access to opportunities and in the perceived breakdown between the sexes," said Monster Canada senior vice-president of international sales and general manager Peter Gilfillan. "It appears that Canadian men and women have conflicting perceptions and managers need to take a leading role in ensuring that all employees are seen as having equal access to those opportunities."

Other results from the survey showed that 67 per cent of men reported that women have equal or greater access to opportunities in the workplace than men, something with which just 47 per cent of women agreed.

"Among HR professionals, the proportion of women in senior HR roles is an important issue," says Claude Balthazard, director of HR excellence at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). "Recent surveys of HRPA members show that although, overall, there is a strong representation of women in the HR profession—more than 75 per cent—it is also the case that this proportion seems to reverse itself for senior management and executive positions."

Monster.ca offers advice to managers to bridge the gender divide in its article Managing Genders at Work. Top tip: always focus on each individual's skills, abilities and contributions regardless of gender.

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Monster Canada (www.monster.ca) is Canada's leading online job portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market. Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading global careers and recruitment resource online. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading employer products and services, please visit http://hiring.monster.ca.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), parent company of Monster®, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com.

About the survey

From March 3rd to 4th 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among a randomly selected, representative sample of 2,040 adult Canadians who are Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error is ±2.2%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted to ensure a representative sample. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. 

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