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26th November 2018

Women's Business Council - 5 years on report

The government-backed Women’s Business Council launched its ’Five years on’ report on progress in business and society for women. Below are some of the key achievements:

  • Women's employment rate has increased from 68% in 2014 to 71% in 2018
  • The Gender Pay Gap has fallen from 19.3% in 2013 to 17.9% in 2018
  • More than 30% of FTSE 100 board positions are occupied by women, compared to 20% in 2013
  • Women’s salaries have increased by 11.2% compared to a 9.5% increase for men
  • 35.5% of managerial roles are now filled by women
  • More women in STEM roles than in 2014 growing by 25% by 2017

It is evident from looking at the achievements that there has been significant improvement in gender equality in business. However, there is still a lot more work to do. For example, caring responsibilities still remain the main cause of economic inactivity. Of the 2.04 million economically inactive people due to ‘looking after their family or home’, 89% are women. Moreover, although the Gender Pay Gap has decreased, the rate it is reducing is to slow.

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Read the full 'Five years on’ report here