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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

Women now account for 22.8% of FTSE 100 board members, up from 20.7% in March 2014. Female representation on FTSE 250 boards had increased to 17.4%, up from 15.6% in March 2014.

The government has set a target of 25% gender diversity in FTSE 100 and 250 boardrooms by 2015.

The statistics show that:

  • women account for 27.9% of non-executive directorships and 8.4% of executive directorships
  • 249 of the 1,094 FTSE100 board positions are occupied by women
  • there are no all-male boards in the FTSE 100 as of July 2014
  • 28 all-male boards remain in the FTSE 250
  • 20 FTSE 250 boards have employed at least 1 woman since March 2014.

Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed the news but urged companies to keep increasing the number of women at board level:

"Although our target is in sight, we must keep up the momentum. All companies with fewer than 25% of women on their board need to take firm action now to increase female representation.

"Outstanding progress has been made, but we need to see the pace increase within both FTSE 100 and 250 companies to reach our target by 2015."

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