According to the IPA census, although the number of employees at IPA member agencies has increased by 6.6% to 25,234 people, the balance of female leaders and non-white employees is declining.
The census found that women now hold only 30.5% of executive management positions, down from 33.1% in 2015. This represents a drop across all senior leadership posts. Women in top roles (chair/chief executive/managing director) account for 25.5%, down from 27.3%. In other executive management positions, women now hold exactly a third of the posts, down from 37.6%.