Bad boardroom record is Europe-wide

Stat of the day: 29% - The percentage of board-level executives who are women in Europe.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Well, at least it’s not just the UK that has a bad record when it comes to the percentage of boardrooms made up by women. Apparently, just 29% of European boardroom positions are taken by women – meaning almost three-quarters of boards are still made up by men, according to research by Mercer.

Among our European counterparts, those with the best records are, weirdly, those with the worst records when it comes to fiscal management – Greece and Ireland, where a third of board-level positions are taken up by women (perhaps if their Governments had followed business’ example, they wouldn’t be in the messes they’re in now, eh?). That was followed by Sweden with 30%, Belgium with 29%, and Spain, the UK and France, all of which have 28%.

Not exactly an exemplary record, then. Although to be fair, we’re not as bad as Qatar, where the magic number is 7%, while Saudi Arabia has a grand total of zero. Poor show, chaps. Poor show.

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