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EHRC: Sex discrimination remains an issue in UK

EHRC: Sex discrimination remains an issue in UK

Sex discrimination remains a prevalent issue when it comes to recruiting candidates for high-level positions in the UK, new research has suggested.

According to a report conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), if present trends are maintained it would take up to another 70 years before females achieve parity with men in terms of holding directorial positions in FTSE 100 companies.

The Sex & Power 2011 document also established that the same period will need to elapse before the House of Commons consists of equal numbers of male and female MPs and the EHRC expressed its concern that little seems to have changed in Britain since this research was last undertaken in 2008.

Kay Carberry, commissioner of the body, stated: "We had hoped to see an increase in the number of women in positions of power, however this isn't happening."

Despite such figures, Carmen Watson, managing director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership recently noted she is completely against the idea of quotas being introduced to boost the number of females in high-profile jobs.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas