Women Hired into Executive Level Positions at Dealerships Jumps 17 Percent

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July 12, 2017—A recent CDK Global survey of 401 women auto dealers found that 10 years ago, only 1.7 percent of women in the industry were hired into an executive level position. In the last two years, that number jumped to 18.5 percent. 

Ten years ago, 65.5 percent of hired women were much more likely to be hired into entry-level positions at dealerships. That number has dropped to 33.3 percent over the past two years. Over that same time period, the number of women hired into intermediate level positions has jumped 17.8 percent (to 29.6 percent), the number of women hired into supervisory or management level positions has jumped 9.6 percent (to 14.8 percent), and the number of women hired into executive level positions has jumped 16.8 percent (to 18.5 percent).

Of the women surveyed, most of them—21.4 percent—started in the fixed operations department. The next two highest areas of concentration were administrative (19.9 percent) and sales (18.4 percent).

Career growth, however, has remained stagnant among women. More than half of the survey respondents reported remaining in the same position for over six years (38.4 percent of respondents reportedly remained in the same position for over 10 years).

While 43.9 percent of women surveyed would "definitely recommend" working in automotive retail, that number jumped to 60 percent when the respondents reported working at a dealership owned by a woman. On top of that, women working in women-owned dealerships reported a higher feeling of respect (65 percent) compared to those owned by men (41 percent).


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