Is gender still a barrier for female accountants?

A recent study from Marks Sattin  finds that half of female accountants believe their gender is a barrier to career success.

There is progress with the pay gap narrowing. Female accountants now earn an average of 81% of a males salary, compare to 77% in 2010.

However, there are still less than 14% of women on European and UK boards of the Big4 accountancy firms. This falls short of Lord Davies’ recommendation that 25% of boards in FTSE 350 should be 25% female by 2015.

Dave Way, MD of Marks Sattin says:

“The accountancy industry must be proud that the gender pay gap is being narrowed, but the fact that women working full-time are still receiving a fifth less than their male peers reminds us all of the vital work that needs to be done to ensure female accountants operate in a level playing field.”

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