The annual survey from the Business for Society (BpS) presented on Tuesday that the amount of women in leading management positions in the top 250 Czech companies is just 13%. The figures showed a 0.5 increase on last year.

At a conference on diversity in the workplace BpS chairwoman Pavlína Kalousová commented “It is not quite a good piece of news. We would expect the number of women in big firms’ managements to rise as a result of various projects and debates. Not even Czech elites have backed our effort in this respect.” Kalousová told ČTK.

The highest share of women in senior roles was in real estate firms and in the fields of catering, accommodation, and education. It was the lowest in companies dealing with raw materials mining, public administration and IT and communications.

The survey also indicated the bigger a company, the lower the share of women among its top managers. Thirty percent of the firms included in the survey had one woman, 10 percent had two women and 3 percent had three women in their top bodies.

Human Rights Minister Jan Chvojka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said the government and parliament may help improve the relevant legislation in favor of equal rules for the challenges women face. Jan. Chvojka also mentioned the persisting lower pay of women in general employment, and the difficult mothers with small children face when on the labor market.