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The proportion of women high earners in the UK has not changed in the past six years

PUBLISHED: 08:53 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 02 May 2017

The proporton of high-earning women has remained unchanged in the last six years. Photo : Steve Adams

The proporton of high-earning women has remained unchanged in the last six years. Photo : Steve Adams

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The proportion of female high earners has remained static for six years despite moves to increase diversity in senior roles, a study has found.

Only one in four people earning between £43,000 and £150,000 in each of the last six years were women, according to research by law firm Clyde And Co into official data on higher rate taxpayers.

A survey of the EDP/EADT Top 100 companies in 2016 revealed women made up just 14% of board positions at East Anglia’s top firms.

Heidi Watson, of Clyde And Co, said: “The stubborn refusal of the percentage of female high earners to shift upwards will disappoint those who hoped a recent focus on the gender gap would make a significant difference to the number of women in senior positions.”

The report noted recent efforts to increase the number of women in senior jobs, including targets for the number of female board members.

Many businesses are setting aims such as having a 50% female workforce and bonuses tied to meeting diversity targets, the report added.

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