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Monday 9 December 2019

European Central Bank on the hunt for female recruits

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank

The European Central Bank is recruiting. And if you're female, you're particularly in demand. The boys at the Frankfurt-based body are clearly interested in figures.

The organisation, headed up by Italian Mario Draghi, below, is on the hunt for a new adviser and senior speech writer.

The post, which has been advertised in The Economist, sets out in some detail that it is looking for "highly competent Europeans" with a strong sense of integrity and team spirit. Candidates must have an "intrinsic motivation to work for Europe", the advertisement points out.

And it adds: "The ECB particularly encourages applications from female candidates."

The halls of the ECB are largely dominated by men, hence the hope that a few women might apply to join its ranks.

The ECB announced last year that it plans to double the share of women in management roles after a political spat in 2012 over gender diversity almost scuppered the appointment of Yves Mersch to the executive board.

By end of 2019, it wants 35pc of middle management positions and 28pc of senior management positions to be held by women.

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