Corporate report

Women’s Business Council (WBC): Five Years On report

The WBC’s fifth annual progress report highlights gains made since the launch of their 2013 ‘Maximising women’s contributions to future economic growth’ report.



The WBC was set up by now Prime Minister Theresa May in 2012, and produced its first report a year later structured around five key themes: raising girls’ aspirations to consider careers in STEM roles; improving the talent pipeline from the classroom to the boardroom; opening up opportunities for older working women; increasing the number of female entrepreneurs; and, engaging more male business leaders. Following that first report, the WBC’s tenure as an independently led, government backed initiative, was extended to oversee progress against its recommendations for business.

This year’s WBC report sets out the progress made over the past 5 years, in business and across society. Compared to 2013, there are now more women in employment; more women studying and entering typically higher paid STEM jobs; more women progressing to senior management positions, more women leading SMEs and more women in their 50s in work.

Published 26 November 2018