Is there a "glass ceiling" at Ernst & Young?: A study of a partnership firm with regard to four relevant dimensions
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
In this dissertation our aim was to study if a glass ceiling existed at the partnership firm Ernst & Young’s Stockholm office. We have studied four dimensions: average age, educational level and field, extent of work and family situation. The dissertation also briefly takes up gender theory and other factors related to women’s segregation in the labor market. We concluded that men and women were of the same age at the beginning of their careers, while the women were slightly older at senior manager and partner level. Women worked fewer hours than men and a large majority of those who worked part time were women, especially during and after childbirth. When it came to education the firm did not seem to have any preferences regarding educational fields, however most employees had a four-year business degree. The family situation had a large influence on all of the dimensions, and therefore seemed to represent the biggest hindrance to career advancement. We were not able to conclude whether there is a glass ceiling at EY but the family situation seemed to be a crucial factor to women’s advancement, something that EY is aware of in it’s plans for the future.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-1975DiVA: diva2:190810