Too few executives? Getting the boardroom balance right is tricky and the latest concern is that there are too few executives on the boards of UK companies. Norman Broadbent’s annual index shows their numbers falling over the past two years, while the number of non-executives has risen. The executive search firm asks whether non-executives are getting a broad enough picture of the business when often they have only the chief executive and chief finance officer representing the executive side. For more discussion of boardroom issues, sign up to the FT Non-Executive Directors’ Club at

More jobs Interesting figures on how many people have been taken on by various occupations since 2009 show big rises in the number of jobs in healthcare, IT, advertising, marketing and PR. The study by CareerBuilder jobs website, and Emsi economic modelling firm, also reveals the biggest percentage increase – 3,945 jobs added, a rise of 70 per cent – was in “collector salespersons and credit agents”. But customer care staff grew by just 5 per cent.

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