KPMG HAS responded to claims that it is failing to find enough top-level female talent.
The Big Four firm, which appointed 29 new partners in October last year of which 25% were women, included just three women in its latest round of partner promotions.
City A.M. reported that just one in ten of the 30 staff picked for promotion in October are women.
KPMG told Accountancy Age that although it would have liked to promote more women, it does not practice positive discrimination.
"KPMG has mentoring programmes to identify female talent and support those women who will be our future leaders in the firm. We would have liked to promote more women to partner this year, but we don't practice positive discrimination," a spokesperson said.
"On this occasion, it wasn't possible to appoint a larger number of women from the range of people available to us."
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