A third of UK directors are women, report claims

One third of UK directors are women,
according to a report from global information provider Equifax.

Women are also
getting to the boardroom faster than men and now account for more than half of
all directors aged between 21 and 40, the report claims.

The analysis,
conducted using information stored at Companies House, measured trends within
all the UK’s plcs and limited companies.

Richard Taylor,
director of Equifax business to business marketing, said, “We can prove this is
happening. The male preserve of the boardroom is now a thing of the past.”

The report also
finds that women are taking an increasing number of boardroom seats in the
traditional male areas of software consultancy and residential property
management.

Female directors
are also more likely to be at the head of a small organisation with a turnover
of less than £400,000 and at the helm of their own recently started business,
the report claims.

Commenting
on the findings, a spokesman for the Institute of Directors, said, “It is a
natural progression. More and more women are entering the business world and in
another couple of generations there should be a 50/50 split between the sexes.
It can only be a good thing for everyone.”

By Philip Boucher

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