UK ‘generations away’ from equality in top roles, survey finds Jan 14, 2020 0 374 12345 AFP LondonBritain is “generations away” from achieving gender equality in top positions across the workplace, according to a survey by a leading women’s rights group published on Monday.“Despite much lip service about the importance of having women in top jobs, today’s data shows we are still generations away from achieving anything close to equality,” said Sam Smethers, chief executive of The Fawcett Society.“We are wasting women’s talent and skills.”The Society said its 2020 Sex and Power Index showed also “an alarming lack of women of colour across the top jobs in all sectors”.It noted that only six percent of companies trading on London’s benchmark FTSE 100 stocks index were led by female chief executives.“None of these CEOs are women of colour,” it added.And in parliament’s lower House of Commons, 34 percent of MPs are women. “Women of colour now make up 17 percent of the women MPs, which is in line with the population as a whole,” the Society said however.But in upper chamber the House of Lords, 27 percent of peers are female, and only two percent are women of colour, it added.The Fawcett Society urged the UK “government, political parties, the judiciary and employers to act now to ensure a step change in the numbers of women in senior roles. “Research has consistently shown that greater equality for women is not only good for society -- it is good for business,” it said.Smethers urged “quotas, targets and policy interventions to remove the barriers to women’s progression”. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES QC, Turkey’s TET meet to boost trade ties Jan 14, 2020 0 360 Woqod opens new petrol station in Umm Al Seneem Jan 14, 2020 0 483 New Boeing CEO tells staff company must be ‘transparent’ Jan 14, 2020 0 113 UK economy stalls, as BoE eyes rate cut AFP London Britain’s economy has stalled, official data showed Monday, as Brexit and political uncertainty contributed to slashing manufacturing output, heaping pressure on the Bank of England to cut interest rates. ..