SINGAPORE (Nov 2): Singaporean employees, especially the women, have indicated a noticeable sentiment of gender disparity at the workplace – more so than those in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

(See also: Singapore seen as worst APAC country for workplace gender equality)

This is according to recruitment firm Randstad’s latest global Workmonitor report, which looks into the topic of workplace gender equality and regional employees’ views on the subject. Held quarterly, the survey was conducted via an online questionnaire among employees aged 18-65 with a minimal sample size of 400 interviews per country.

Overall, 81% of Singapore employees surveyed felt that they were treated equally within their organisation. Although this figure tallies with the global average, it falls short of Hong Kong and Malaysia’s percentages at 85% and 86% respectively.

The report however revealed a large gap between the opinions between genders in Singapore, with 86% of men acknowledging equal treatment, and only 77% of women expressing the same.

Prominence of such a trend is unique to Singapore.

It was also discovered in the subject of receiving equal support when applying for a job or when asking for promotions (76% overall, 80% male; 72% female), as well as being rewarded equally in similar positions (81% overall, 87% male; 75% female).

Jaya Dass, country director for Randstad Singapore, believes such a divergence of opinions among genders highlights that Singapore’s female employees are more aware about the issues of gender inequality than those elsewhere.

This could come from the “strong international exposure Singapore has in its day-to-day business environment”, she adds.

“It's important for organisations to take gender equality research into consideration when formulating their human resources strategies to ensure that their employer brand continues to attract and retain the talent they need to drive their businesses forward,” says Dass.