A rise of only 1% from 2007 meant that just 66% of privately held businesses (PHBs) in the UK have women in the boardroom, according to the latest research from Grant Thornton.
The International Business Report (IBR) collected the opinions of 7,200 PHBs spread across 32 countries and revealed a much better proportion of female managers in Asian PHBs. Commenting on the results, Alysoun Stewart, Head of Entrepreneurial Advisory at Grant Thornton, said: ‘Cultural and social differences in these economies actually give women greater opportunities than many western economies.’
The report also revealed pessimism over income, with 22% feeling that the pay gap between men and women will never close.
UPDATE/March 2010: See the figures from 24 countries around the world mapped in Grant Thornton’s data visualisation: Women in the boardroom world map (infographic)