The Marzipan Layer refers to the workers at the middle management level. They might be people in their second or third positions within their career, who have already overcome the Sticky Floor phenomenon, but are yet to progress into senior management roles. The Marzipan Layer is this secondary sticky layer where the roles are just beneath the director or executive levels – or the Glass Ceiling of boardrooms. At this level the opportunities to progress face more competition, because they are fewer and further between. It could also be that individuals are being passed over for promotion by other colleagues and/or they could be facing gender biases such as the Motherhood Penalty.
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