Number of female bank staff decreases amid Corona

Staff Correspondent

16 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The number of female banking staff has declined by 402 in the first six months of this calendar year, Bangladesh Bank’s half yearly statement shows.

The fall has been mainly attributed by the central bank to retirement or leaving jobs due to corona pandemic.

BB has released the January-June report reviewing the gender parity indicators of banks and financial institutions.

Bankers say the recruitment is closed because of Covid-19 in this period. Many of them have retired and some female bankers have left their jobs voluntarily because of Corona pandemic.

As a result, the number of women bankers has decreased in the first six months of the year.

Besides, there will be no new appointment very soon due to corona pandemic. Consequently,     

the bankers do not see the possibility of increasing the number of women employees in banks soon.

According to the BB report, the number of employees in the banking sector in June last year was 169, 875. Among them, 25, 771 are female and 144,104 male. In December the number of employee increased to 178,430. Among them female employees were 28,480 and male 149,950.

At end of June 2020, the number of banks’ employee stood at 178,510. Among them the number of female employees was 28,078 and that of male male 150,432.  

Last December, there were 17,791 female employees in private banks, but in June it decreased to 16,703. The number of female employees in foreign banks has decreased from 1,094 to 978. In all total, the number of female workers has decreased by 402 in the last 6 months of this year. Anis A Khan, former managing director of Mutual Trust Bank, told the daily sun that it is matter of investigation why so many female employees decreased.

According to the central bank, about 21 percent of female employees over the age of 30 are in the banks, but only 8.70 percent are over the age fifty.

29 banks are providing transport facilities for women officers. 44 banks have introduced policies to prevent sexual harassment in work place.