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Quotas 'must be last resort to solve discrimination'

Quotas 'must be last resort to solve discrimination'

Quotas should represent the last resort for the government in terms of combating sex discrimination in boardrooms.

That is according to Karen Gill - co-founder of everywoman, a business advisory service - who believes every other avenue should be explored to make sure firms treat staff fairly regardless of their gender before compulsory targets are brought in.

Earlier this week (March 13th), the first annual progress report of Lord Davies' landmark Women on Boards review was published and revealed that strides have been made towards equality over the last 12 months.

For instance, some 15.6 per cent of all directorship positions in companies listed on the FTSE 100 are now taken up by women - a figure significantly higher than the 12.5 per cent recorded at the same time in 2011.

However, Ms Gill believes it is important for this trend to grow naturally as opposed to being influenced by obligatory aims.

"Before we go to quotas, let's see that we have tapped into every resource and strategy that we can to try to get women into those senior positions," she stated.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson