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OU on the BBC: Hilary Devey's Women at the Top - Episode 1

Updated Wednesday, 29th August 2012

In the first episode of Hilary Devey's Women at the Top, Hilary embarks on a mission to find out what Britain’s business world is missing on by not promoting its female talent

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Hilary Devey Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Hilary Devey The numbers are stark - in Britain’s top companies, although almost equal numbers of men and women are recruited at junior graduate level, by the time employees are moving up to middle management, the ratio changes: in middle management 70 per cent are male and 30 per cent female.

At senior management, executive and board level, the figures are even more stark: 83 per cent male and 17 per cent female. 

In this episode, Hilary meets with Sir Roger Carr, President of the CBI, to find out how talent is being wasted with so many businesses promoting from within only one half of their intake. 

Hilary also visits multi-national company Procter and Gamble to find out what they’ve done to address the lack of women in senior roles. Then she goes on to explore some of the factors that make it difficult for women to progress in business – including what she sees as the biggest factor impacting on women’s career: balancing the demands of work with motherhood. 

This episode of Hilary Devey's Women at the Top will air on BBC Two and BBC HD at 9pm on Thursday 6th September.  For further broadcast details and to watch online where available, please visit






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