IR Magazine

IR Magazine Series - Women in IR

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Edelman office, Southside, London

About our research

Last year we uncovered a glass ceiling in the IR world: our global IRO survey revealed that while the number of men and women who work in IR is roughly equal, two thirds of heads of IR positions go to men.  Such stats are depressingly familiar throughout the business world. Within IR, however, the news came as a surprise: IR has always been an industry with many women in senior positions. Despite this, the study shows more needs to be done to improve career opportunities for women in investor relations.

  • Globally, 67% of top IR jobs are held by men
  • Across four major indices – S&P 100, TSX 60, FTSE 100 and DAX – 25% of companies have a female IR head
  • 36% of female IR heads take home more than $200,000 a year – compared with 47% of male IR heads

We included this research in an entry for the Willis Towers Watson Media Awards and are happy to say we won the prize of best institutional investment publication! We will be continuing to bang the drum for gender equality and highlight the issue of equality and inclusion.

The Women in IR London evening was part of our new global series of events aimed at improving the role and value of women in IR. This event featured prominent female speakers from IR who took part in a panel discussion designed to explore how to address the issues and put pressure on the industry to confront it. IR Magazine’s write up of the event can be viewed here.

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On the night

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Edelman office
105 Victoria Street
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