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Survey: Shell most women-friendly employer, but government best

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Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13.48: 11 GMT

Amsterdam – Women who are career-minded should only seek employment with Royal Dutch Shell, electronics manufacturer Philips or telecommunications company KPN – but the best treatment comes from the Dutch government, according to a survey published Thursday.

A survey conducted by marketing research institute TNS NIPO among 1,096 Dutch managers of 150 companies showed the three multinationals were the most women-friendly companies in the Dutch business sector.


The survey, published on Thursday in Management Team magazine, also said civil-servant positions with national or local authorities were considered most women-friendly. 

Civil-servant jobs received 4,006 points from the managers interviewed, followed by 810 points for the health care industry. Multinationals received 107 points. 

Among the business employers, Shell received the most votes on average. Female managers ranked Dutch Rabobank first, followed by Shell and Philips. 

Among male managers, Philips ranked first, followed by Shell and KPN. Postal service company Sandd and internet store Wehkamp were considered the least women-friendly. 

TNS NIPO looked at a variety of factors, such as a company’s labour conditions, the percentage of female managers, and the career opportunities offered to women. 

Salary differences between female and male employees were lowest in education and the government – 28 and 29 per cent respectively. 

The entire survey on the internet:


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