Gender diversity in UK boardrooms struggles to keep up with European counterparts
Only three in 10 board seats held by women in UK behind leaders France, Norway and Italy in boardroom diversity
However, UK enters into top 10 global ranking and could reach boardroom gender parity by 2027
Globally, only one in five board seats are held by women
Gender diversity in UK boardrooms is lagging behind European counterparts with only 30.1 per cent of company seats held by women in the UK. According to a new global report by Deloitte, ‘Women in the boardroom: A global perspective’, women leaders on the continent boast the largest share of global boardroom seats, led by France (43.2 per cent), followed by Norway (42.4 per cent) and Italy (36.6 per cent).
The UK entered the top 10 global ranking, moving from 13th to 9th place since the report was last published in 2019. However, despite the 7.4 per cent increase of women holding UK board seats, the UK’s boardroom diversity lags behind six European countries as well as New Zealand and South Africa.
Jackie Henry, managing partner people and purpose, Deloitte UK, said: “Board diversity is a demonstration of an organisation’s commitment to inclusion. Whilst the number of board seats held by those identifying as women in the UK is moving in the right direction, we’re still a long way behind our European neighbours with leaders France only 6.8 per cent short of gender parity. UK businesses need to be even more proactive in taking diversity targets seriously, improving disclosure and more transparent reporting.”
Gender diversity in UK boardrooms struggles to keep up with European counterparts.