A quarter of women have avoided careers in areas such as construction, bus driving and politics because they perceive them to be 'men only' professions, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 employed males and females found that 67 per cent of people believe it is easier for men to be successful at work than it is for women.
A fifth of females surveyed said that they were stuck in a job they don't enjoy, with just one in 10 managing to get the career they had always hoped for.
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A third of British females said they believed they had missed out on a role because of their gender, with 32 per cent feeling they had been passed over for promotions for the same reason.
The research, commissioned by bus operator First Bus, also found 62 per cent of women think the gender pay gap exists – compared to 46 per cent of men.
“We want to raise awareness of the fact that there are no barriers preventing women from working within the bus industry and that there is more to a bus driver, than just driving a bus," Sue Whaley of First Bus said.
“We’ve recently held female-only recruitment events, which have helped to change perceptions some women have around being a bus driver and we’re looking to run similar events across more of our depots across the UK.”