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Women's chance of being on boards 'low'

COMPANIES are not thinking "aggressively or openly enough" about appointing women into top positions, according to researchers.

An academic study led by Edinburgh University, found women have "at best, a 20% chance of being made non-executive directors". It found those hired are paid 8% less than male counterparts.

The experts found no pay gap or hiring bias at executive level, but put this down to " public scrutiny".

The study analysed British firms on the FTSE-350 between 1996 and 2010. The percentage of female directors rose from more than 2% in 1996 to more than 8% in 2010. However, the chances of women being appointed to boards remain low. Report author Professor Brian Main, of the University of Edinburgh, said: "They are not thinking aggressively enough or openly enough about appointing women to all positions."

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