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Women in accountancy 'see playing field levelled'

Published: Thursday, 29 November 2007   Category: Professional & financial services

Women looking for graduate accountancy jobs should not be put off, according to a report.

Within the accountancy profession more firms are retaining talented members of staff, which gives women more opportunities, according to the survey carried out by Elements.

Paul Bibby, chief executive of the firm, said: "We have found that clients are much more concerned about recruiting the best talent, in my experience, the issue of gender just doesn't arise and the majority of firms we deal with are very meritocratic in their approach."

The research also shows that the number of female directors at Britain's largest companies is rising.

Sixty eight per cent of women believed that their promotion prospects are the same to their male counterparts.

Figures published by Joslin Rowe earlier this month showed that close to 3,000 jobs were being created in Glasgow's finance sector.

The majority of the jobs were in accountancy, giving hope for people searching for graduate jobs in Glasgow.

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