Women’s Opportunity Gap in Project Management
Women hold significantly fewer jobs in project management than men,
despite global equality movements, and diversity, equity and inclusion
(DE&I) programs taking hold at the workplace.
Recent PMI research, “The State of Women in Project Management 2023,”
shows that male project managers outnumber their female counterparts by
three to one globally. South Asia fares worse than the global average,
with only 15% of project managers being women, compared to 84% being
men. The gender imbalance has immediate negative implications for
project teams — 88% of project professionals said that diverse project
teams create more value for the organization.
• Gender disparities are greater in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia
Pacific and South Asia, and lowest in North America, sub-Saharan Africa
• The pay gap for female project managers in most countries is below the global average.
• Gaining project management certifications can help women demonstrate their value and expertise, and shrink the pay gap.
• Male project managers outnumber female project managers by more than
50% in industries like construction, transportation, aerospace and
manufacturing, among others.
• Healthcare is the only industry where the gap is less than 20%.
• The disparity in leadership roles is relatively small despite the gaps in job status and earnings.
Read the full report.