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FACTBOX- Women's representation in Britain's 'top jobs'

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:33 GMT
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NEW YORK, Aug 18 (TrustLaw) – The Equality and Human Rights commission’s "Sex and Power 2011" report, a follow-up to its 2008 report, reviews the number of women holding substantial positions of power across 27 job categories in the private and public sectors – assessing 26,000 top jobs in sectors including the judiciary, national sports bodies, the police force and trade unions.  The commission has a legal mandate to promote and enforce equality and non-discrimination laws in England, Scotland and Wales.

Following are facts on women’s representation in top positions in key job sectors in Britain:

(Graphic source: Equality and Human Rights Commission, Reproduced with permission)

In politics women represent:

  • 22.2 percent of MPs (up from 19.3 per cent in 2008)
  • 17.4 percent of Cabinet members (down from 26.1 per cent in 2008)
  • 21.9 percent of members of the House of Lords (up from 19.7 per cent in 2008)
  • 13.2 percent of Local authority council leaders (down from 14.3 per cent in 2008)

In business women represent:

  • 12.5 percent of directors of FTSE 100 companies (up from 11 per cent in 2008)
  • 7.8 percent of directors in FTSE 250 companies (up from 7.2 per cent in 2008)

In media and culture, women represent:

  • 9.5 percent of national newspaper editors (down from 13.6 per cent in 2008)
  • 6.7 percent of chief executives of media companies in the FTSE 350 and the director general of the BBC (down from 10.5 per cent in 2008)
  • 26.1 percent of directors of major museums and art galleries (up from 17.4 per cent in 2008)

In the public and voluntary sector, women represent:

  • 12.9 percent of senior members of the judiciary (up from 9.6 per cent in 2008)
  • 22.8 percent of local authority chief executives (up from 19.5 per cent in 2008)
  • 35.5 percent of head teachers  of secondary schools (down from 36.3 per cent in 2008)
  • 14.3 percent of university vice chancellors (down from 14.4 per cent in 2008)

 (Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission, reproduced with permission)

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