Women make up just 8 per cent of directors sitting on the boards of a selection of London’s creative businesses, according to a report by the London College of Communications.
London Design is the first major study to be published by LCC’s new research department, the Creative Industries Observatory. CIO was established in January 2007.
It states that, despite the high proportion of women designers in the industry, there are only eight female directors on the boards of the biggest creative groups, compared with 102 male directors. The study measures the size of consultancies by turnover.
The report offers several possible reasons for the low number of women making it into the boardroom of design consultancies.
One such explanation is that many of the top 20 groups serve the construction industry, or are technical in nature. Almost half of all UK design businesses work in the male-dominated areas of communications, digital and multimedia design, according to the report.
The study makes comparisons with the number of female board directors in 12 other creative sectors in London.
Design came in third from the bottom in the league after software, at 3 per cent, and architecture at 6 per cent.
The creative sectors with most women at the top are the performing arts, arts and antiques, and computer games. About 18 per cent of board directors in these sectors are female.