Nov 8, 2017

Women still face uphill battle to break into British boardrooms

With a few exceptions there has been little progress in filling more senior executive positions with women on the FTSE 350 over the past 12 months, according to the annual report of the Women on Boards review, which was headed by Philip Hampton, GSK chairman, and Helen Alexander, the businesswoman who died in August. The number of women in senior executive positions in the FTSE 100 - either on the executive committee, or reporting directly to it - stagnated over the year, at 25.2 per cent, barely changed from last year's 25.1 per cent. Less than a fifth of FTSE 100 executive committee members were women, and only 16.6 per cent of those roles on the FTSE 250 were held by women. Justine Greening, education secretary and minister for women and equalities, said ensuring more women gain senior leadership positions was not just good business sense but "Vital" for the economy. No FTSE 100 company has more women than men in senior executive positions, and less than a fifth of FTSE 100 executive committees is female.

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