More Than 50% Of All Top Comms Operators Are Female

According to a recent survey, more than half of all the corporate affairs directors at FTSE 100 companies are female, and more and more women in such offices are sitting on their company’s executive committees, according to new data published by Watson Helsby, which shows the breakdown of the 81 firms in the FTSE 100 that employ a group corporate comms director or a corporate affairs director.

UNDEFINED - Friday, July 14, 2017

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The 19 companies that don’t have such a position include B2B firms that have a relatively low public profile, where the lead comms operator is frequently a less senior employee that performs the job under the direction of the investor relations department.

Watson Helsby’s survey included a gender breakdown, which shows that 51 percent of the employees in corporate comms are female - up from 44 percent in 2015. In addition, 51 percent of corporate affairs directors hold positions on their company’s executive committee - up from 47 percent in 2016.

The study also highlighted the wage gap - the average salary of a corporate affairs director serving in a top 20 listed firm is £380,000, while in the lower part of the top 50 it is £265,000, and in the bottom half of the FTSE 100 the average wage is £210,000.

According to the results of the study, the FTSE top 20 has an average of 280 staff, while the next 30 biggest companies have 75 staff, showing a clear difference in the scope of the respective organisations.


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