The number of female employees recruited in the banking sector declined 2.52 per cent between December last year and June 2021, 15.8 per cent in June from 18.32 per cent in December 2020, according to Bangladesh Bank’s latest half-yearly gender equality report.
Women’s employment in the sector fell to At the end of June, 42 private commercial banks had 18,722 female workers (15.72 per cent of the workforce), six state-owned commercial banks had 8,023 female workers (15.87 per cent) of the employees, according to the BB report.
On the other hand, nine foreign banks had the highest 24.77 per cent of female workforce (940) and the highest number of women directors (16.33 per cent) while state-owned banks had the lowest (4.65 per cent).
The female ratio against male employees has dropped sharply since the coronavirus outbreak as 1,033 female employees were hired against 7,291 male employees during the period.
At the end of June, 60 scheduled banks employed 1,86,784 people (1,57,271 men and 29,513 women). This means, only 15.8 per cent of the workforce were women. At the end of December last year, the banking sector had 1,83,203 employees (1,54,828 men and 28,378 women), with 18.32 per cent female.
BB data showed that about half of the women who start working at banks quit before turning 50.