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Call me Mark

09 May 2019

Women now make up 44% of the full-time accountants, but still only make up just a quarter of the executive boards at the top 25 accountancy firms.

The research was conducted by Real Links, a recruitment platform, Real Links discovered that only two of the top 25 firms boards are nearly equal in their gender split, and a further six boards were only one third women. Four executive boards had no women on them at all.

When studying the data further, the study found that, out of the 10 most common names on the executive boards, Mark, David and Andrew are the three most common and the first female name, Sarah, only comes in at 10th spot. Furthermore, out of the top 20 most common names, only two female names appeared.

Real Links, Sam Davies, said: “While statistics show that the accounting industry has a relatively even split between men and women, it seems women are still struggling to climb to the top of their firms.”

Davies went on: “The statistics were shocking and show how inequality is still prevalent in the industry, Despite targets and policies designed to encourage more women into senior roles, progress has been slow. We think that employers need to consider anonymising recruitment to ensure candidates are chosen on experience rather than being subject to any unconscious bias.”

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