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Observer survey reveals gender barrier stopping women reaching the top [UK]

Author: Ruth Sunderland, The Observer [UK], Published on: 23 August 2009

Research commissioned by the Observer has revealed that UK boardrooms are still overwhelmingly male-dominated, despite the fact that more than nine out of 10 companies claim to have an equal opportunities policy in place. Women occupy only 242 out of 2,742 seats on the boards of FTSE 350 companies, according to a study by The Co-operative Asset Management…More than 130 companies out of those surveyed had an all-male board and the vast majority of female directorships are non-executive. Women hold only 34 executive board seats out of a possible 970…[refers to Mitie, British American Tobacco, Michael Page International, Hays, SThree, Pearson, Vodafone, Northern Rock, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Financial Times, Cairn Energy]

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Related companies: Barclays British American Tobacco Cairn Energy Hays HSBC Lloyds Northern Rock Pearson Royal Bank of Scotland Standard Chartered Vodafone