The Big Four accountancy firms lack diversity

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The primary auditors of Britain’s 100 largest listed companies are white and male, raising serious questions about their progress in improving diversity across their senior positions. In line with the Financial Times’ analysis of the latest annual reports published by the FTSE 100, women led only nine audits of the 100 largest listed companies. PWC audited the highest number of FTSE 100 companies, none of the 29 companies audited were conducted by women or ethnic minorities. However, steps are being taken to address the gap in diversity, a fifth of Deloitte’s FTSE 100 will be led by female partners by 2020. The firm is aiming for half of its FTSE 100 audits to be led by women before 2030.

Financial Times, Madison Marriage and Anna Gross, May 7th 2019