Why so few FDs are women
Despite nearly 50% of accountancy trainee posts being taken by women, fewer than one in ten are progressing to finance director roles.
While arguments such as career breaks and the glass ceiling are well versed, a recent analysis by our sister title Financial Director suggested it could be because women are favouring jobs with more flexible working practices.
Danielle Stewart of accountancy firm Warrener Stewart reckons her professional career allows much greater flexibility than that of the FD.
‘All the finance directors I know, bar one, are expected to work incredibly long hours,’ said Stewart. Anita Monteith of Web-based training marketplace worldoftraining.com also prefers more flexible hours.
‘Women are very good in finance director roles, but often don’t want them. Why work for someone else when you can have a more fulfilling life, be more flexible and more in charge of your own time?’
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