Thriving Workforce

2016 Global When Women Thrive Report



The most comprehensive, analytical and predictive research on women in the workforce - linking organizational policies and programs to results.  We've added 13 countries since our initial 2014 report which now includes 42 countries, nearly 600 submissions, and 3.2 million employees, including 1.3 million women.

2016 report available:

Featured at the World Economic Forum: Our Global Findings



  • Only 60-70% of the female population participates actively in the workforce
  • Women are under-represented at all levels, making up just 20 percent of executives according to this report
  • Their representation declines precipitously as career levels rise – in other words: more women in staff or administrative roles and far fewer in senior or executive positions.
  • Latin America is the only region on track to achieve gender parity at the professional level and above by 2025.
  • Organizations in Asia are hiring more women at the top, but are promoting women at lower rates than men.
  • A region-by-region look at top trends and opportunities

Full Report features:


  • Executive summary
  • Global and regional internal labor maps and workforce projections
  • Regional findings for each: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia
  • Over 50 specific recommended actions in the areas of leadership engagement, training, pay equity, maternity/paternity leave, financial wellness, health and more covering HR & D&I priorities
  • Solution Roadmap and Opportunity for Employers

Research Participants


Special thanks to these participating organizations for contributing to our global study.  If you would like to participate or conduct your own diagnostic for your organization click here.

Mercer Can Help:


  • Diagnostics – Know where you stand, how you compare and where to improve. Learn More
  • Analytics – To forecast your future workforce needs
  • Diversity Networks
  • The 6 Ps to Successful Gender Diversity– To align your organization and leadership and ensure you have the programs and proof to drive growth
  • Custom consulting – To meet you anywhere on your diversity journey and drive your growth through women’s career advancement, workforce planning, health and financial wellbeing (Meet with us).

Our Past Reports



    How Confident Are You In Your Organization's Ability To Attract, Develop, and Retain Female Talent. Download Now



    Summary: Solid progress at the top in 2015, but real risks. Download Now