RESEARCH reveals that the number of women on FTSE 350 boards has rocketed in just five years.

The Hampton-Alexander Review, an initiative to get women into senior leadership positions, shows 34.3 per cent of board positions, as of January 11, are now held by women, from 682 to 1026.

The target was 33 per cent by the end of 2020.

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: "FTSE companies have made incredible progress but we cannot become complacent in building a society where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

It’s important businesses keep challenging themselves to use all the talents of our workforce."