A report which suggested female businesswomen are increasingly awarded positions of power only to companies in crisis has been criticised by a recruitment agency. Hitchenor Wakeford has slammed the research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and dubbed the organisation "misguided". "Most women and businesses will find the interpretation of this research as patronising," according to Danny Hodgson, managing director of Hitchenor Wakeford. CIPD diversity advisor Dianah Worman has countered the disparagement by saying that the aim of the report was to highlight how women are not sufficiently represented in boardrooms throughout the country."We are certainly not damning every business leader or recruiter and we absolutely recognise that there are many organisations with excellent and unbiased recruitment practices in place, nor are we saying people don’t want to work for companies facing difficulties," she added.Nonetheless, Mr Hodgson added: "Business leaders and recruiters are more pragmatic than the CIPD gives them credit for. In my experience they appoint the person who will give them the best commercial advantage irrespective of whether they are male or female."© Adfero Ltd

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