15 July 2011
Research: Majority of firms oppose boardroom gender quotas
The majority of companies do not feel the implementation of quotas is the best way to go about combating possible sex discrimination in senior management positions.
That is according to a study published by recruitment company Search Consultancy, which established that 64 per cent of the small and medium-sized enterprises it questioned would not welcome such compulsory instructions, People Management reports.
Earlier this year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills commissioned a report into boardroom equality by Lord Davies, which recommended that all companies listed on the FTSE 100 share index should aim for a minimum of 25 per cent female board representation by 2015.
However, it appears that many business leaders would be opposed to the government introducing changes to the country's employment law to make this obligatory.
Grahame Caswell, chief executive of Search Consultancy, observed: "What’s significant about our findings is that businesses across the country simply aren’t backing the concept of quotas per se."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett