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Majority of head-hunters disagree with the Davies report

Majority of head-hunters disagree with the Davies report

65% say that firms should not necessarily double the women on their boards

New figures compiled by InterExec, the Confidential Agent for executives seeking packages over A3200k, have revealed that 65% of senior executive head-hunters don't agree with the Davies report recommendations that firms should more than double the women on their boards by 2015.

The figures, which were compiled from a survey of 100 head-hunters right across the UK, also reveal that 89% of those surveyed believe that there is a danger that the recommendations will result in some optimal candidates being turned down as a result of positive discrimination.

70% of the respondents also didn't think that the proposals to increase women in the Board room were workable.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, commented: "I think it would be a crying shame if the best candidate didn't get the job, completely regardless of their age, sex, colour or creed. It should be skills, experience and aptitude for the job that count. Unfortunately, positive discrimination will inevitably mean that the best candidate could lose out on a board room position, which I feel is wrong."

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