‘All the good women have been snapped up’

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Females don’t fit in, don’t want the trouble, and struggle with “complex issues”.

Those are just some of the factors given for not appointing women in order to FTSE company boards, according to a written report on gender balance.

The government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review known as it shocking, while a ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) branded the excuses “pitiful”.

The government wants women in making up at least a third of planks for the UK’s 350 biggest businesses by 2020.

As the review’s interim report found that will things are definitely improving, some companies seem to be dragging their feet plus paying only lip service in order to diversity.

The top ten excuses for not appointing women had been:

  • “I don’t think women suit comfortably into the board environment”
  • “There aren’t that many women using the right credentials and depth associated with experience to sit on the plank – the issues covered are extremely complex”
  • “Most women don’t wish the hassle or pressure of sitting down on a board”
  • “Shareholders simply aren’t interested in the make-up from the board, so why should we become? ”
  • “My other table colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a lady on our board”
  • “All the particular ‘good’ women have already been snapped up”
  • “We have one woman currently on the board, so we are carried out – it is someone else’s turn”
  • “There aren’t any vacancies right now – if there were I would consider appointing a woman”
  • “We need to build the pipeline through the bottom – there just generally are not enough senior women in this sector”
  • “I can’t just find a woman because I want to”

The explanations originate from a range of FTSE 350 chairs plus chief executives that were heard from the team conducting the review.

Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive associated with Business in the Community, said: “As a person read this list of excuses you may think it’s 1918, not 2018.

“It reads like a screenplay from a comedy parody but it can true. Surely we can now deal with this once and for all. ”

‘Blocking progress’

The number of all-male FTSE 350 corporation boards fell from 152 this year to 10 in 2017.

However , Friend Philip Hampton, the senior Town figure who is leading the evaluation, said companies were still a considerable ways off from meeting the 2020 focus on.

“We utilized to hear these excuses regularly a couple of years ago, thankfully much less so right now.

“However, commanders expressing warm words of assistance but actually doing very little in order to appoint women into top careers – or quietly blocking improvement – are really not much better. inch

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Plus Business Minister Andrew Griffiths mentioned such “appalling” excuses proved businesses have more work to do.

“It’s shocking that some businesses believe these pitiful and patronising standard excuses are acceptable reasons to keep ladies from the top jobs.

“Our most successful businesses are those that champion diversity. ”

The review is due to submit its latest figures on the amount of women on FTSE 350 planks on 27 June.