IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(1): 5-10 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.60

Facilitators of Women’s Career Advancement in Public Service: A Study in A Developing Country

I. Abdul Ghani Azmi, S.H. Syed Ismail, and S.A. Basir

Abstract—This paper aims to identify facilitators of career advancement in Malaysian federal service especially as perceived by the Muslim women. From purposive sampling technique on eight federal ministries, 241 questionnaires were distributed and 103 questionnaires were returned and usable whereby the rate of response was 43 percent. These women strongly agreed that the facilitators towards their career advancement were advice from immediate boss, education, perform abilities, commitment and dedication and seniority. They also agreed that current policies such as the same assignments and equal opportunities to further studies and pay as men facilitate towards their career advancement. Furthermore, their religion does not prohibit them to be leaders of men and they are treated equally as men in terms of respect and authority. This study also found that these women put their family as priority. Thus, the public organizations need to entice them in order to lure them to work hard in their career advancement by providing more facilities such as child care, longer maternity leave, flexible working hours, work at home or job sharing and reducing travelling time and geographical relocation.

Index Terms—career advancement, facilitators, women, public service, Malaysia.

I. A. G. A. Author is with the Department of Syariah and Management, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (e-mail: ilhaamie@ yahoo.com).
S. H. S. I. Author is with the Department of Siasah Syar’iyyah, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (e-mail: sashsiaq@um.edu.my).
S. A. B. Author is with the Department of Siasah Syar’iyyah, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (e-mail: sitiarni@um.edu.my).

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Cite: I. Abdul Ghani Azmi, S.H. Syed Ismail, and S.A. Basir, "Facilitators of Women’s Career Advancement in Public Service: A Study in A Developing Country," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 5-10, 2012.

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