BIS has published new figures from BoardWatch showing continued progress in the FTSE 100 on female representation in the boardrooms of Britain’s biggest companies.
The data shows that:
- 19% of directors are female (up from 12.5% when Lord Davies reported in February 2011 and 17.4% in May 2013);
- 24% of board appointments since 1 March 2013 have been women. In May 2013 this was 12%
But the improvement is primarily within the ranks of non-executives, where 23.8% are female (up from 15.6% in February 2011 and up from 22% in May 2013; there is disappointingly slow progress for executive directors, with a small increase to 6.1%, up from 5.5% in February 2011 and up from 5.6% in May 2013.
Figures for the FTSE250 show that:
- 14.9% of directors are female (up from 7.8% in February 2011 and up from 13.8% in May 2013). Of this;
- 18.6% of non-executive directors are women (up from 17% May 2013)
- 5.4% of executive directors are women (down from 5.7% in May 2013)
Source: Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion – http://www.enei.org.uk/news.php/537/women-on-boards
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