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Lone Male Applicant for BOE Job Was Picked on Merit, Treasury Says

  • Five candidates vied for spot on Monetary Policy Committee
  • Proportion of women in senior BOE roles has plateaued at 29%
Jonathan Haskel

Jonathan Haskel

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The U.K. Treasury said it was won over by Jonathan Haskel’s expertise in productivity and innovation when choosing the only man among the five candidates interviewed to join the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

In a June 19 letter to Nicky Morgan, chair of Parliament’s Treasury Committee, Permanent Secretary Tom Scholar said the appointment of the new external member was made on merit and that Haskel’s broad academic experience had also stood out in his favor.