Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 16: Career issues for women in the banking sector

Melissa Hynd and Adelina M. Broadbridge


This chapter examines women’s career development in the private banking industry of a global banking organisation which has publically advocated its support for women to achieve in high-ranking positions. Through in-depth interviews with 29 women and men employees across the ranks of the company, the authors found that improvements have been made with regards to the career development of women; for example, mentoring programmes. However, there is still some way to go for women to achieve true parity with men. The findings suggest that barriers to progression and the ‘glass ceiling’ remain although, after Simpson and Altman (2000), have arguably been relocated to the senior management levels of the company.

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