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Indicator 5.5.2 Proportion of women in managerial positions

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Headline data

Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) organizes jobs into a clearly defined set of groups according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. Employed persons are all persons of working age who during a specified brief period, such as one week or one day, were in the following categories - i) paid employment (whether at work or with a job but not at work), or ii) self-employment (whether at work or with an enterprise but not at work). For more detailed information, please refer to the Resolution concerning statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization, adopted by the Nineteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians (October 2013) -– en/index.htm.

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Other information

Disability status is only reported for ages 16 to 64 years. The headline and all other disaggregations cover ages 16 years and over. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of women in managerial positions

Target name

Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Metadata (PDF 372 KB) opens in a new window

Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date


Next release


Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

Other information

The full list of who is defined as a manager is given in Annex 1 of the data source.