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What can football learn from the City about diversity?

The lack of ethnic diversity recently revealed in football's backrooms and in FTSE100 boardrooms shows how much work is still to be done in improving representation in some of the UK's key organisations.

Women in the city

Commentators, however, took heart at news that the recruitment of women and people from Indian and Chinese background into financial institutions in the City of London had increased markedly over the last year.

Long deemed a bastion of the so-called 'old-boy's club', the composition of City institutions is predominantly male. But last year the number of women rose by almost a half, increasing from 20 per cent of the workforce to 29 per cent in 2014, according to research from Astbury Marsden.

Better representation was also seen in the number of employees from certain countries in Asia, with 5 per cent of financial sector workers coming from China, up from 3.8 per cent (compared to 0.7 per cent of the UK population as a whole); and those from India up to 12 per cent from 11 per cent (compared to 2.5 per cent of the population).


Work to be done

Meanwhile, 30 per cent of the players in the top four league divisions come from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities, but only 4 per cent of the backroom staff and 2 per cent of managers.

A Government spokesman has also recently acknowledged there's a problem with ethnic representation in UK boardrooms, though plans are in the pipeline to address this.

Following the successful push to get more women on boards, it's hoped that within five years new initiatives will see one in five directors come from ethnic minorities.


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