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Positive action in recruitment opposed by most firms

Four out of five firms oppose using positive action in recruitment - a key clause in the Equality Act to improve diversity - a study of leading business figures has revealed.

Three-quarters of firms would also oppose any change to the law to allow companies to voluntarily set quotas for numbers of women in senior positions, the survey by law firm DLA Piper found.

Eighty-six per cent of the 545 respondents said that the government should not pass legislation with the purpose of increasing the number of women on the boards of UK companies.

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April 20, 2010

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