UK managers face gender confidence gap

18 September 2018


UK managers face gender confidence gapHalf of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them, according to new research.

The survey, commissioned by AVADO, has highlighted a confidence gap between male and female managers in UK workplaces. The findings reveal that women are five times more likely to feel that their gender hinders confidence in them in the workplace.

When it comes to confidence in their own abilities, almost half of men polled (48%) said that they were very confident in their management skills, compared to 30% of women.

The findings also show that age plays a part in management attitudes, with 68% of young leaders (20-24 years-old) saying they felt their age hindered colleague's confidence in them as a manager. In all, 49% of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them.

However, when asked about who they perceive to make the better managers, 44% of respondents said it would be the person who was most qualified to do the job - ahead of those with more years of experience.

The data also shows that 50% of UK managers said their workplace doesn't do enough to invest in digital literacy. Almost one-fifth of managers (18%) said they had asked for training and not received it. In addition, 83% said they had heard excuses for a lack of training, including the cost (45%), a lack of time (42%) or that staff should pay for their own training (19%).

"It is disappointing to see the negative impact gender and age has on confidence in management capabilities but encouraging to see the powerful impact that being qualified can have on employees," said Amy Crawford, managing director at AVADO.

AVADO has partnered with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to launch a new online Diploma qualification in leadership and management.