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More women being recommended for non-exec directorships

Published: Wednesday, 02 February 2011   Category: Employer News

More women applying for graduate jobs could rise to the ranks of non-executive directors (NEDs), according to new research.

A survey by consultancy MM&K of 300 directors revealed that more women are being recommended for non-exec positions.

Some 50 per cent of those surveyed said they would recommend a female for an NED position, up from just 43 per cent last year.

HR Magazine reports that Luke Meynell, head of UK board practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, which carried out the study, said that chairmen are working to introduce more diversity in the boardroom.

"They recognise the importance of ensuring broader diversity in relation to areas such as industry and functional expertise or international experience," he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Ochre House has suggested that more vacancies for regular and graduate jobs will be available online this year, calling on employers to recruit online or risk falling behind their competitors.

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