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No increase in female board members
Wednesday, 02 July 2008
Life after graduation
New research suggests the number of women on UK boards has increased little in the last two years.
A study conducted by the European Professional Womens Network and executive search recruitment firm Egon Zehnder International has found the UK to be lagging behind other European countries, reports Recruiter.
A 0.1 per cent rise in females occupying executive roles was seen on last year, the figure now standing at 11.5 per cent of all directors.
During the same period, the number of women on boards in the Netherlands is said to have doubled, while numbers of female Norweigan directors increased from 23 per cent to 29 per cent.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Mirella Visser, president of the European Professional Womens Network said: "Overall progress is glacially slow and the divides are increasing. Companies are more interested in international diversity than gender diversity."
Female graduates interested in becoming involved in the running of a company may be buoyed by the new equalities bill which aims to stamp out discrimination in the workplace.
Last year the Spanish government passed a law stating firms must have 40 per cent female representation at board level by 2015.