By Julia Dennison

Women still shut out of UK’s boardrooms

Even in 2013, women are still struggling for a place at UK plc’s boardroom tables.

As many as 93% of international head-hunters say UK companies will fail to meet the requirements of the Davies Report and double the number of women on their boards by 2015.

The findings come from the third annual report into the senior executive market by recruitment firm InterExec, which assists both executives and head-hunters globally in the £150k to £1m+ salary bracket.

Source: 200 top international headhunters

In 2011, The Davies Report stopped short of imposing quotas unless voluntary measures failed, in which case firms would face Government action. The survey reveals that three years later there is still a long way to go to bring about meaningful change.

However, there is also evidence of positive discrimination in favour of female executives as 60% of headhunters think that superior candidates are rejected by companies who are opting for women. Over half of those surveyed (56%) think Davies-like proposals should not be adopted acrossEurope.

Kit Scott-Brown, founder of InterExec, commented:This will come as bad news for all readers whether they are supporters of the Davies Report and equal opportunities, or those that think that compulsory quotas can leave suboptimal candidates being chosen just to fit a quota.

“Neither head-hunters, nor the companies for whom they recruit, see significant evidence of change, but nor are they in favour of regulation, in the UK or, more widely, across the EU.”

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