02 November 2012
Study: 50% of Britons are against boardroom quotas
Britons are split on whether or not introducing boardroom quotas to the UK's employment law structure is a good idea.
That is according to new research YouGov published yesterday (November 1st), which has found that 50 per cent of people across the country oppose such a system, compared to just 24 per cent who would support this change.
YouGov conducted its latest EuroTrack survey in order to gauge the opinions of adults in several European countries with regard to their thoughts on how equality can be encouraged in senior roles in companies across the continent.
The study found that out of the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway, only France has a majority of individuals that support the implementation of compulsory quotas.
Some 61 per cent of French adults questioned said they would be happy if companies were forced to have a certain number of females in their boardrooms, with just 16 per cent saying they would be against such a move.
By contrast, opposition to quotas was found to be at its strongest in Norway, where 69 per cent of people think the idea would prove counterproductive and just 16 per cent back the proposal.
In a continuation of the general trend of opposition towards the proposal in Scandinavia, 54 per cent of Swedes and Norwegians also said they do not back quotas.
Meanwhile, the plan is more widely accepted in Germany, where 41 per cent of individuals back it, compared to 43 per cent who do not.
Earlier this year, the Financial Times reported that officials at the European Commission have drawn up new plans for a quota system that Britain would be unlikely to be able to veto due to the body's majority voting system.
Under the terms of these proposals, listed businesses would be legally obliged to reserve a minimum of 40 per cent of their boardroom positions for women by 2020.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas