It is disheartening to hear that only one in four financial services professionals in a senior role are women, despite the fact that the majority of junior staff are female. This has created a lot of negative press, especially for FTSE 100 companies, who do not have fair representation on their boards or management teams. 

However, as gender reporting requirements come into force under the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations this month, we hope that businesses will be encouraged to take an active role in driving change, not only within the financial services sector, but across all industries. Although no one expects these regulations to produce immediate results, we are moving in the right direction to increase awareness and motivate good practice which will result in a notable change to the boards and management teams of the future.