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Women representation in alternative industry remains low

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Women representation in the alternative industry space remains low with just under one in five employees at fund management firms being female, according to the latest research by data provider Preqin.

The study adds that the rate varies widely by role, and consistently declines according to seniority. The highest proportion of women is seen among junior employees, where they constitute 29% of the workforce. However, in each asset class the representation of women falls according to seniority, and overall senior alternative assets staff consist of 11% women. In the same way, women are best represented in investor relations/marketing teams, as high as 53% at venture capital firms.

Amy Bensted, head of Hedge Fund Products, commented, "The low representation of women at alternative assets firms is an issue that has seen increasing attention over recent years. Traditionally a male-dominated industry, the proportion of female employees across the industry is significantly less than 50%, with only investor relations teams in some asset class approaching or surpassing a rate of equal representation. It is notable that women are best represented in client-facing or finance roles, while the deal making and operations teams are the most male-dominated."

Investment teams with smallest proportion of women

Bensted noted that the rate of women investment teams is much smaller, as low a......................

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