A report published today reveals 'a lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs in Wales.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission's "Who Runs Wales? 2014" report looks at key areas of Welsh life, including politics, local government, health and the private sector, in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.
This afternoon National Assembly Members will hold a debate on the achievements of, and challenges faced by, women in Wales.
Who Runs Wales? 2014 findings compared to a decade ago:
· In 2003, the National Assembly had a world-first perfect gender balance of 50% men and 50% women, but that has now slipped to 58% men and 42% women. Ten years ago, 56% of the Welsh Government Cabinet were women, but now it is only 27%
· Ten years ago, 29% of NHS Trust Chief Executives in Wales were women, but today only 10% of our Local Health Boards and Trusts have a woman in charge
· Ten years ago 14% of our Council Leaders were women but today the figure is even lower at 9%.
· Only 27% of Welsh councillors are women
· 0% of the eight Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables in Wales are women
· A survey of 100 top companies operating in Wales found only 2% have women chief executives (or equivalent position)
The report comes on the same that reveals the pay gap betwwen men and women is also as wide as ever.
Research shows that of 353 identified occupations, 267 are dominated by one sex or the other; with most of the higher-paid roles dominated by men and a high proportion of the feminised occupations characterised by low pay and part-time working.
Four out of five workers in Wales are in gender-segregated occupations.
Among the starkest examples of gender segregation at work was in the 'skilled trades' where 91% of jobs are held by men. Of the 54 occupations under this heading, only seven were found to be 'gender balanced' and only three were female dominated. These were tailoring, dressmaking and floral arranging. By contrast women constitute only 1% of skilled construction workers.
According to the report 'Working Patterns in Wales' only a fifth of workers are in gender-balanced occupations and this proportion hasn't changed since the 1970s.