LONDON, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Female representation in the boards of British top companies have continued to increase, showing progresses in reaching the government-set target of 25 percent of board positions held by women by 2015, according to figures released by the Professional Boards Forum (PBF) on Monday.
The PBF BoardWatch report showed that women accounted for 19 percent of the FTSE 100 board directors, rising from 12.5 percent in February 2011 when the country set the target, and from 17.4 percent in May this year.
More than two years ago, the British government made a plan aiming to have 25 percent woman board directors in the FTSE 100 companies listed on the London stock market by 2015.
The PBF figures indicated that among the female directors in the FTSE 100 boards, 23.8 percent are non-executive directors, up from 15.6 percent in February 2011 and up from 22 percent in May 2013, and 6.1 percent are executive directors, up from 5.5 percent in February 2011 and up from 5.6 percent in May 2013.
British business Secretary Vince Cable said that "appointing more women as non-executive directors is not an end in itself. This is about more talented women getting executive experience, so that they will not only advise, but run this country's great companies."
Among FTSE 250 companies, 14.9 percent are female, up from 7.8 percent in February 2011. Some 20.4 percent of boards are all-male, down from 52.4 percent. Among them, 18.6 percent are women non-executive directors, and 5.4 percent are executive directors.