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Tuesday 23 October 2012

Many female workers 'do not aspire to reach board level'

A new survey has revealed that many female members of staff have no inspiration to work their way up a career ladder to the point that they reach board level.

The finding could throw a spanner in the works of the European Commission's plans to fine companies if they fail to reserve at least 40 per cent of their non-executive board seats for women.

According to a survey carried out by Allen & Overy and obtained by Telegraph Wonder Women though, only four per cent of female employees have an ambition to one day join the top table of their workplace.

Furthermore, just 37 per cent of the 547 female workers polled stated that they would like to become a manager sometime during their career. In fact, 17 per cent of respondents would feel content remaining in assistant jobs for the duration of their working life.

As a result of the research, Stefan Martin, employment lawyer at Allen & Overy, commented: "To redress the balance of women on board and in senior positions, targets – whether voluntary or mandatory – are only half the story.

"These need to be accompanied by education and mentoring programmes that start in school and continue in the workplace."

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Posted by Wayne Bly

Source: The Sales Director News

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