Ireland leads the way in terms of gender diversity when it comes to women in senior investment roles in the PE and VC industry, according to a report from Level 20.
Around 28 percent of such roles at investment firms in the country are held by women – the highest proportion in Europe, according to the lobbying body’s European gender diversity report 2022 (initially published in August and re-released today with detailed country summaries).
Ireland, it should be noted, has a relatively small number of investment firms and professionals, which means it is somewhat of an outlier when it comes to DE&I figures.
France, which has a much larger private markets investment industry, comes in second place, with women accounting for 15 percent senior investment roles.
The industry average is 10 percent, with the UK, Italy and Norway all at this level.
Level 20 has also published a benchmarking tool that allows GPs and LPs to compare levels of diversity in their own teams and against peers. Details here.