We received some fascinating insights into what kind of year it was for our readers, via the 950 responses to the poll we promoted across our channels earlier this week.
It’s clearly been a year of mixed results, with some of you sharing your wins, and others noting specific issues that got in your way.
Thirty per cent of you said you got a new job in 2017, which seemed like a strong result indicating plenty of change occurring in your careers.
But if you didn’t get a new job, you’re not alone, given the vast majority (70%) of those polled, did not either.
And if you felt overlooked for a pay rise, promotion or some other major opportunity throughout the year, you also wouldn’t be alone: 43% of those polled felt the same way.
8% said you started a business this year, while 21% said you got a promotion at some point during the year.
Pay rises were also on offer, although not for the majority of you.
42% of respondents said they received a pay rise in 2017.
Earlier this year, the Women’s Agenda Ambitions Report, based on a survey of 2000 women, found that a pay rise was then a leading ambition for women. In that survey, 39% of women ticked, ‘looking to earn more’ as one of their ambitions for the next 24 months, well ahead of other options like ‘aiming to get a promotion’ (33%), and looking to ‘achieve better flexible working options’ (22%).
In this week’s poll, Equal Pay came up as the number one policy area you want to see addressed, so we hope to see more pay rises for women in the year to come.
Overall, 55% of you said you’re feeling optimistic about the year ahead for women in 2018, and just over a third of you said you believe women are better off now than at the end of 2016 (although 39% said you don’t believe we’re better off and 25% reported being ‘not sure’).
And we’ll share more data from the research shortly, including reader book recommendations and who you believe set the agenda in 2017.