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Research shows many recruiters disagree with report on boardroom equality

Research shows many recruiters disagree with report on boardroom equality

The majority of high-level recruiters operating in the UK do not believe that businesses should combat sex discrimination in the workplace by implementing proposals from the Davies report, new research has shown.

Last month, Lord Davies launched a study entitled Independent Review into Women On Boards in which it was recommended that all organisations listed on the FTSE stock exchange should aim for a minimum of 25 per cent female representation on their boards by 2015.

Lord Davies stated that this figure is "not just about promoting equal opportunities but is also about improving business performance", but a survey of executive headhunters by InterExec has shown that more than 60 per cent of such professionals disagree with this proposal.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, observed that the implementation of this measure may result in positive discrimination affecting the meritocracy of job applications.

"It should be skills, experience and aptitude for the job that count," he added.

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Posted by Richard Saunders