Majority of headhunters believe Davies report will fail

6 Apr

The majority of headhunters believe the recommendations in the Davies report could backfire and lead to positive discrimination, according to a survey by InterExec.

The company spoke to 80 senior executive headhunters, 80% of whom said companies would fail to meet the Davies target of 25% female board representation by 2015. There is also a fear among 83% of headhunters that by trying to fill those quotas, excellent candidates may be turned down because firms need to make up their female numbers. In other words, it could lead to positive discrimination.

However, 61% of head-hunters (twice as many as last year’s survey) agree that firms should more than double the women on their boards by 2015.

Kit Scott-Brown, managing director of InterExec, said: “The most important outcome of any recruitment process is that the best candidate gets the role. Any kind of discrimination, positive or otherwise, is not in the employer’s interest. Although the recruitment industry agrees that there is a need for greater representation of women in the boardroom, every appointment should be on merit alone.”

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