It isn't uncommon for women to struggle with finding a dream job, or at the very least, comfortable and safe employment. With concern over the gender pay gap in Canada as well as male domination in the workplace, it can get pretty hard to navigate employment options and choose your career will take you without sacrificing equality.
Well, the good news is that Great Place to Work just released a list of Canada's top 50 Best Workplaces for Women 2019. It's now easier than ever for women to find an official list that clearly identifies a safe workplace.
The announcement comes after previous studies confirmed that women in Canada not only make less than men, but even receive lower bonuses and less opportunity for advancement.
TL;DR Great Place to Work released their annual list of top 50 Best Workplaces for Women 2019. The qualifying companies were chosen based off of employee reviews of workplace safety and equality as well as other contributing factors. Read the entire list from Great Place to Work below.
According to Great Place to Work, to be eligible for their top 50 list, a workplace must be "Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year, have a minimum of 15 female employees, and at least 90% of employees agree that their workplace is safe and people are treated fairly regardless of their gender."
In addition, each workplace is rated the best based on their overall Trust Index Score from female respondents.
Programs that both practice and promote fair treatment and advancement of women is also noted, says Great Place to Work.
So, who ranked the best of the best when it comes to being the top 50 places to work as a woman? Refer to the list below (in alphabetical order):
- Admiral Insurance
- Astellas Pharma Canada Inc.
- ATB Financial
- Bath Fitter Distributing Inc.
- Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
- Cisco Systems Canada
- Credit Counselling Society
- Doctors of BC
- Eagle Professional Resources Inc.
- Fuller Landau LLP
- G Adventures
- Gardiner Roberts LLP
- Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
- Ian Martin Group
- Inclusive Advisory
- Intuit Canada
- JOEY Restaurant Group
- Klick Inc.
- Kootenay Career Development Society
- Kronos Incorporated
- Managing Matters
- Mastercard Canada
- Nulogy Corporation
- Plenary Group
- Points International Ltd.
- Resolver Inc.
- Royal LePage Performance Realty
- Ryan ULC
- SAP CANADA
- SAS Institute (Canada) Inc.
- Security Compass
- Simply Green Home Services Inc.
- The PEER Group Inc.
- TJX Canada
- Traction On Demand
- Trico Homes
- Ultimate Software
- Urban Systems Ltd.
- Whirlpool Canada
The list was published in partnership with the WE EMPOWER program of the UN Women, European Union and the International Labour Organization.
With Canada still ranking in 8th place out of 43 countries for highest gender pay gap based on data from 2016, it's safe to say a list that women can refer to for safe and equal job opportunities is more than necessary.
According to a study by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, women earn an average of 68 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. When looking at senior manager roles, the gap closes in at 86 cents for every dollar.
The same study concludes that on average, men in Canada earn $950,000 more per year than women who are in similar executive positions.
Great Place to Work updates their top 50 list annually, so there is the opportunity for companies to make 2019 a year of growth and earn a potential spot on the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women list.
For more information on individual workplaces on the 2019 list and to see if your business is eligible, click HERE.