The news that accountancy giant PwC has banned all-male shortlists for jobs in the UK, an attempt to increase the number of women in senior roles at the firm, is a powerful step in the right direction.

The firm said the move was prompted by a recent pay gap report showing men on average earned 43.8% more than women.

Recruitment was one of the areas PwC said it was looking at for narrowing the gap.

Given the pitifully small number of female finance directors in the FTSE 350 – and most probably in smaller and private companies- the actions of PwC may eventually result in more women in FD roles.