Some of the UK’s biggest firms are being urged to do more to recruit women into senior positions (writes BBC Business).
The call came in a government-backed review which found that FTSE 100 companies were “on course” to meet a voluntary 33% target for women on boards by 2020.
But it said smaller firms on the London Stock Exchange were lagging behind.
To hit the target FTSE 350 firms would need to fill at least 40% of top jobs with women over the next three years. The report – the Hampton-Alexander Review 2017 – is a government commissioned review into increasing the number of women in senior business roles.
It found that in the FTSE 350, Royal Mail, Next, Severn Trent and Diageo had the most women in top jobs, while the Sports Direct, 888 Holdings, Just Group, Metro Bank and the London Stock Exchange were among the companies with the fewest.