UK: ‘Special measures’ needed to see why few women occupy top jobs

NEW Plans for women’s quotas on company boards dropped Plans to force British companies to appoint a set proportion of women to their boards are being scrapped.

NEW Are women their own worst enemy when it comes to the top jobs? BBC Research compiled by BBC News shows women are under-represented in many of Britain’s top jobs – from the boardroom and the courtroom, to politics and policing. But do they only have themselves to blame?

Video ‘Special measures’ needed to see why few women occupy top jobs BBC News Should British companies be compelled to put more women in the boardroom? The European Union may soon decide to legislate for mandatory quotas, following a three-month consultation period.

Women hold fewer than third of top jobs – BBC research BBC News Fewer than a third of the UK’s most influential jobs are held by women, figures compiled by BBC News show. Women occupy on average 30.9% of the most senior positions across 11 key sectors analysed by the BBC, including business, politics and policing.

Male-dominated boards will fall behind rivals, says report The Government wants 25 per cent of board directors at FTSE 100 companies to be women by 2015. David Cameron has refused to rule out setting quotas if firms fail to make sufficient progress voluntarily.

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