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WOMEN NOT SET FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ON BOARDS, WARN HEADHUNTERS

WOMEN NOT SET FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ON BOARDS, WARN HEADHUNTERS

93% of the international headhunters say UK companies will fail to meet the requirements of the Davies Report and double the number of women on their boards by 2015.

The findings come from the third annual report into the senior executive market by InterExec&reg, which assists both executives and headhunters globally in the &pound150k to &pound1m salary bracket.

 

Source: 200 top international headhunters

In 2011, The Davies Report stopped short of imposing quotas unless voluntary measures failed, in which case firms would face Government action. The survey reveals that three years later there is still a long way to go to bring about meaningful change.

However, there is also evidence of positive discrimination in favour of female executives as 60% of headhunters think that superior candidates are rejected by companies who are opting for women. Over half of those surveyed (56%) think Davies-like proposals should not be adopted across Europe.

Kit Scott-Brown founder of InterExec&reg, commented: “This will come as bad news for all readers whether they are supporters of the Davies Report and equal opportunities, or those that think that compulsory quotas can leave suboptimal candidates being chosen just to fit a quota.   Neither headhunters, nor the companies for whom they recruit, see significant evidence of change, but nor are they in favour of regulation, in the UK or, more widely, across the EU.”

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