Women Holding a (Slightly) Larger Share of Top PE Jobs

The vast majority of senior positions in private equity are still filled by men, but women are catching up a bit, according to a new report from Preqin.

The report found that the proportion of senior private equity roles held by women has increased across all regions, with the largest gains in Asia and other areas outside Europe and North America. The year-over-year breakdown is as follows:

  • In North America, women held 9.9% of senior private equity roles in 2012, up from 8.9% in 2011.
  • In Europe, women held 9.2% of those jobs in 2012, up from 9.1% in 2011.
  • In Asia and the rest of the world, women had 10.4% of top PE jobs, up from 8.7% in 2011.

The proportion of senior roles filled by women in private equity firms varies a bit according to strategy, according to Preqin. While real estate firms accounted for the largest proportion of senior female roles in 2011, infrastructure firms now lead the way.

Women account for an average 13.5% and 12.0% of senior roles at infrastructure and real estate firms respectively. The proportions at venture and buyout firms are 9.7% and 6.9% respectively.