Opinion

Women aren't hot (potatoes)

It appears that the Government, Europe and society wants more women to be employed at board level. 

Starting with the (old) news that last February, Lord Davies published a report for the Government recommending that UK FTSE 100 companies should have a minimum of 25 per cent of their boards made up of women. He also suggested that all companies should set targets to ensure more women at board level. The UK doesn't set quotas.

More recently, a group of 20 of the UKs top headhunters is planning to provide lists where at least 30 per cent of the candidates are women. Included in their plan is a focus on skills rather than just experience.

It does seem that the UK needs to act because if it doesn't the European Union may; indeed the EU is generally in favour of mandatory targets. The European Parliament passed a resolution calling for EU legislation that requires at least 40 per cent of board positions to be filled by women.

This was first published in August 2011

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