Female managers face barriers in the board room

CMI: “Female managers are still finding it difficult to break through the glass ceiling when trying to boost their career progression, according to new findings. A study of companies listed on the FTSE 350 index published in the Economic Journal found there was a 20 per cent chance of an employer appointing a woman if another woman left its board.

However if the post was previously occupied by a man, this percentage fell to ten per cent. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University of Sheffield said that the findings suggested that there was still significant gender bias.

Professor Brian Main, of the University of Edinburgh business school, said: “Companies often argue that a shortage of qualified candidates prevents them appointing more women to boards. “Even if that were the case, in an equal world the chances of a woman securing a board appointment should not depend on the gender of the person who previously held the job.”

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