Almost half of the director vacancies at the United Kingdom’s top firms have been filled by women in the last six months. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman commented that voluntary efforts were proving to be successful, as FTSE 100 boards were now 17.3% female, up from 12.5% in 2011. The growth was spurred by an independent report from former business minister Lord Davies, who recommended that quotas should be imposed if the female population did not grow by at least a quarter by 2015. Mr. Cameron has promised to learn from other countries with better records of female directors, some of which do employ quotas.
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