It is estimated that nearly 5,500 women are missing from Britain’s 26,000 most powerful positions. This eye opening find is according to a new report issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The report found that contributions towards equality from all sectors and occupational categories was not only “tortuously slow” but it “regularly stalls or even reverses”. The report also finds that women are better educated more than ever and are actually achieving better degree results than men. Kay Carberry, Commissioner at the EHRC goes on to say….”These women step on the career ladder and work hard, with a position at the top firmly in sight. In their early 20′s they level peg with men and we would expect them to enter the management ranks at the same rate as men. However, several years down the track a different picture emerges – one where many have disappeared from the paid workforce or remain trapped in the ‘marzipan layer’ below senior management, leaving the higher ranks to be dominated by men”.
Interestingly the findings shows a slight increase compared to 2007-2008. Increases in judiciary, senior police officers, trade union and general secretaries. These figures were actually small. A significant drop was across 10 sectors including – members of cabinet, local authority, public appointments and the health service to name a few.