Lack of women in top jobs at accountancy firms

Women make up only a quarter of the positions on executive boards at the top 25 accountancy firms in the UK, despite 44% of full-time accountants being female

The research by Real Links, an online employee referral recruitment platform, found that only two of the top 25 firms' boards are nearly equal in the gender split and a further six boards were only one third women. Four executive boards had no women at all.

Real Links found that, out of the 10 most common names on the executive boards, Mark, David and Andrew are the three most common and the first female name, Sarah, only comes in at number 10. Furthermore, out of the top 20 most common names, only two female names appeared.

Sam Davies, CEO and co-founder of Real Links, said: ‘While statistics show that the accounting industry has a relatively even split between men and women, it seems women are still struggling to climb to the top of their firms.

‘Despite targets and policies designed to encourage more women into senior roles, progress has been slow. The recent gender gap reporting has shown that parity is still a long way off, so at Real Links, we think that employers need to consider anonymising recruitment to ensure candidates are chosen on experience rather than being subject to any unconscious bias.’

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