17 August 2010
Companies 'should not use quotas to increase female board member numbers'
Firms throughout the UK should use alternative methods to avoid sexual discrimination at work rather than introducing quotas to ensure they employ a set number of women in senior roles, according to an expert.
During a letter to the Financial Times, Kathryn Britten of KPMG stated that even though implementing such systems would potentially reduce the amount of sexual discrimination incidents in British business through possibly ending the existence of the so-called glass ceiling, many females would not be happy at achieving equality this way.
"Women want to reach the boardroom on merit alone and not as a statistic," she said.
Despite announcing spending cuts of up to £6.2 billion in the arena over the coming months after gaining power, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has since announced its plans to make sure that half of all public sector board positions are occupied by females in the coming years.
However, the expert concluded that promotion "should be based on meritocracy and not quotas".
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett