Letter to the Editor: Gender diversity in manufacturing is improving, but leadership roles remain elusive

The past few years have seen the focus on female representation and board diversity across UK business grow steadily. In addition, this year's gender diversity pay-gap reporting has pushed the topic even further up the national agenda. But how has this affected the state of play in the manufacturing sector?

Graham Carberry, Managing Director at Arrowpoint Advisory, recently wrote to the editor of Manufacturing Management on this issue. Graham had examined the stats for female representation on boards across all FTSE100 manufacturing firms, with mixed results.

Encouragingly, diversity across manufacturing boards was above the FTSE100 average, and sectors such as Pharmaceutical and Aerospace & Defence were business leaders for diversity. However, as Graham points out, leadership roles remained elusive, and only one company assessed had gender parity on its board.

Read Arrowpoint Advisory's full findings, including more insight on the topic from Graham Carberry here.

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