Although women are becoming a more dominant presence in the boardroom, their roles tend to be less important non-executive positions
Despite demands for more women on the top tables of big businesses, only one in ten find themselves in executive appointments.
While Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts is one of three women on the company’s eight-person board, a report by Deloitte says many women are being appointed to non-executive positions rather than being given the chance to take on more important roles.
Carol Arrowsmith, partner in executive compensation at Deloitte, says the fact that nine out of 10 of the most important boardroom roles have gone to men in the same year the government put gender diversity at the top of their agenda is clearly not good.
‘This is an improvement on the overall number of executive positions held by women, which stands at one in 20 but it is not enough.’
Women account for 30 per cent of non-executive appointments in the FTSE 350 and only 16 per cent of FTSE 100 board positions.
But Lord Davies of Abersoch, who led an inquiry in to male dominance in British boardrooms, says companies should aim for their boards to be 25 per cent female by 2015.