UK public sector organisations by and large do not yet have a good record when it comes to women in senior positions – and in particular in the chief executive role. Typically, women earn less and go for any job rather than be unemployed, whereas men are more likely to spend periods unemployed while waiting for that more ambitious ‘dream job’. Inequality begins even before the effect of childbirth. This translates through to a much greater imbalance at the top end of many sectors. In most public sector institutions in the UK, the position of female employees is still relatively weak in comparison to that of men in terms of senior positions. While attempts are being made to change the situation, much remains to be done in order to bring ...

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