The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), will adopt a manifesto commitment to impose a 30pc female quota on the boards of listed firms, from 2020.
The Bundestag is due to vote on Thursday on an opposition-backed proposal for quotas, which had provoked a deep split in the centre-right governing coalition.
Women occupy just 4pc of top corporate jobs in Germany, compared with an average for OECD countries of 10pc. In Sweden, France and Finland, the proportion of women on boards is between 15 to 20pc.
The CDU had previously opposed setting quotas, calling for voluntary change, but faced a rebellion led by the employment minister Ursula von der Leyen. The setting of the quota at 30pc is seen as a compromise intended to placate the party’s rebels.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor