Female advisers are outnumbered by male counterparts six to one and only three out of every 20 directors is female, the FCA says.
According to data provided by the regulator in response to a freedom of information request, in September this year there were 10,424 female CF30s meaning they make up 14.2 per cent of intermediaries in the UK.
CF30 is the customer function all intermediaries are required to hold.
PIMFA puts the number of CF30s providing financial advice at 26,311 for 2017, up 2.7 per cent from the previous year.
In July 2016 it was calculated female CF30s who were registered advisers made up just 13 per cent of the total intermediary community.
In terms of those holding a CF1 director function, there were 73,382 in the UK in September. Of these 15.9 per cent, or 5,240, were female.
The Women in Finance charter is an initiative from the Treasury to boost gender diversity in financial services. It encourages firms to pledge to increase the proportion of women in senior positions. A number of high profile companies have signed up including Nucleus, St James’s Place, Mazars and Standard Life Aberdeen. The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association was among the most recent tranche of signatories.