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65% of head-hunters say firms shouldnt discriminate positively towards appointing Women to boards

65% of head-hunters say firms shouldnt discriminate positively towards appointing Women to boards

New figures compiled by InterExec, the Confidential Agent for executives seeking packages over 200k, have revealed that 65% of senior executive head-hunters dont agree with the latest proposals to discriminate positively towards Women in the board room.

The InterExec research was carried out following the publication of a report by Lord Davies on diversity in the boardroom, which was presented to the Government earlier this year. Lord Davies report made a call for action to Chairs and Chief Executives to improve the diversity of their boards and to encourage Women onto them.

The figures of the InterExec report, which were compiled from a survey of 100 head-hunters across the UK, showed that most senior executive head-hunters didnt agree with positive discrimination, but also 89% of those surveyed believed 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 didnt 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 didnt 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 could mean that the best candidate could lose out on a board room position, which I feel is wrong.

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