Following on from recent developments regarding gender equality, the UK government’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announced on 4 September 2012 a new inquiry into women in the workplace. Among other matters, the inquiry is to focus on inequalities regarding remuneration and segregation, part-time working and gender stereotyping in certain sectors such as banking.

This inquiry follows on from a number of developments in this area in recent times, including the UK report of Lord Davies entitled "Women on Boards" (the recommendations set out in which will be considered by the inquiry), the progress report "Women in economic decision-making in the EU" by Vice-President of the Commission, Viviane Reding, and the public consultation of the European Commission undertaken earlier this year on gender imbalance in corporate boards within the EU.