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Women still overlooked as non-execs

The number of women making it to board level has not risen despite seven out of 10 FTSE350 companies making boardroom changes over the past year.

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The report carried out by Deloitte found that just 3% of executive directors and 8% of non-executive directors are women.

Rupert McNeil, partner at Deloitte said: ‘Over the past year, companies have been focussing on changes to board structure and composition which will ensure they comply with the Higgs recommendations and the new combined code. Issues of gender balance have perhaps been less pressing than the need to address concerns about the independence of non-executive directors.’

But McNeil said there was evidence that companies are widening the pool from which they recruit non-executives.

The report said it anticipated the number of female board members to increase over coming years.

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