Abstracts: September 17th, 2007

This survey from the Chartered Management Institute and Remuneration Economics reveals trends in local government employment.

The findings show resignation rates amongst women in local government stand at 9.7 per cent, up from 4 per cent last year. Representing employees from trainee level to chief executive, this figure is also higher than the national average of 7.8 per cent. The survey also reveals that resignation rates are lower amongst men in the sector at 2.4 per cent, ensuring continuation of the recent trend that sees women more likely to quit their jobs.

The position is reversed for internal transfers where people are dissatisfied with their current role. 2.6 per cent of women are inclined to ask for a transfer, while for men this rises to 3.7 per cent.

The findings also show that women enjoy faster career progression than their male colleagues. At 37 years old, the average female team leader is 5 years younger than her male counterpart. Aged 40, female ‘department heads’ are 3 years younger than their male equivalent. The age gap expands in more senior roles as, at an average age of 44, women still achieve director roles quicker than men who reach this level at 48.

The survey is available at: http://www.managers.org.uk/listing_media_1.aspx?doc=10:906&id=10:2084&id=10:538&id=10:347&id=10:138&id=10:11