Only one in five senior roles in the City are filled by women

New report blames burden of childcare and male-dominated boardrooms for the figures

Research compiled before a highly-anticipated EU vote on imposing quotas to get more women in boardrooms has revealed only a fifth of senior City workers are female.

The report by Astbury Marsden, the City’s recruitment firm, also showed the commodity trading and corporate stockbroking are the least gender diverse, with 91 and 84 per cent of mid and senior level jobs being held by men.

Blaming ‘testosterone heavy’ trading floors and the burden of childcare for causing women to drop out of these senior roles, Mark Cameron, chief operating officer at Astbury Marsden, said: ‘Historically, there has been a small pool of women wanting to enter what they see as a male dominated sector, and this feeds through to even fewer women reaching top positions.’

The EU will debate quotas this coming Wednesday, after the Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding had pushed to impose a 40 per cent female quota in boardrooms.

However several countries, including the UK, have rejected these proposals.

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