Proportion of women in managerial positions (SDG indicator 5.5.2).


This indicator refers to the proportion of females in the total number of persons employed in senior and middle management. For the purposes of this indicator, senior and middle management correspond to major group 1 in both ISCO-08 and ISCO-88 minus category 14 in ISCO-08 (hospitality, retail and other services managers) and minus category 13 in ISCO-88 (general managers), since these comprise mainly managers of small enterprises. If statistics are not disaggregated at the sub-major level, then major group 1 of ISCO-88 and ISCO-08 could be used as a proxy.


Complete metadata are available at:

  • http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/.
  • http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/metadata/files/Metadata-05-05-02.pdf.

This indicator’s main limitation is that it does not reflect differences in the levels of responsibility of women in these high and middle level positions or the importance of the enterprises and organizations in which they are employed. Its quality is also heavily dependent on the reliability of the employment statistics by occupation at the two-digit level of the ISCO.

Updated information from the ILO database can be viewed at:

  • http://www.ilo.org/ilostat/faces/wcnav_defaultSelection?_afrLoop=14968891385262&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=9z6i4ct6v_1!%40%40%3F_afrWindowId%3D9z6i4ct6v_1%26_afrLoop%3D14968891385262%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3D9z6i4ct6v_33.
Priority Measures

E.54 - Labor equality

Promote legislation and design and strengthen public policies on equality in the labour market in order to eliminate gender discrimination and asymmetries in relation to access to decent employment, job security, wages and decision-making on labour issues, as well as to recognize the productive value of unpaid domestic work and care work.
E. Gender equality