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Management Positions

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage firms to consider women for senior management positions. (75804)

[holding answer 12 June 2006]: Encouraging firms to consider more women for senior management positions is something that the Government take very seriously. The Government support initiatives such as the FTSE 100 cross company mentoring scheme ‘Women Directors on Boards’, which is backed by 29 Chairmen and CEOs.

Vertical segregation and the ‘glass ceiling’ is something that the Women and Work Commission identified as a cause of the gender pay gap. The Government will issue an Action Plan in response to the Commission’s recommendations later in the year. Companies from a range of sectors have committed to develop and deliver programmes that support the Work and Work Commission’s recommendations, including initiatives, which support women into senior management positions.