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Women In Engineering

 16th Sep 2016


It's a well known fact that in the engineering sector there is a lack of female professionals but to what extent? Take a look at some of the following statistics for a true insight into the gender gap within the industry.

  • Only 9% of the engineering workforce is female and only 6% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e. CEng, IEng, EngTech) are women.
  • The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%.
  • 15.8% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female. Compare with India: where over 30% of engineering students are women on engineering courses account for over 30% of the students.
  • The proportion of young women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012.
  • In 2013/14, women accounted for only 3.8% of Engineering apprenticeship starts and 1.7% of Construction Skills starts.
  • Only around 20% of A Level physics students are girls and this has not changed in 25 years.
  • There is now very little gender difference in take up of and achievement in core STEM GCSE subjects.
  • 64% of engineering employers say a shortage of engineers in the UK is a threat to their business. 32% of companies across sectors currently have difficulties recruiting experienced STEM staff, and 20% find it difficult to recruit entrants to STEM.
  • The UK needs to significantly increase the number of people with engineering skills. In 2014, one report put the annual shortfall of STEM skills at 40,000. As of 2015, the annual shortfall of the right engineering skills is 55000. We need to double, at least, the number of UK based university engineering students.
  • Women and men engineering and technology students express similar levels of intent to work in engineering & technology, but 66.2% of the men and 47.4% of the women graduates in 2011 went on to work in engineering and technology.
  • Women Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering: 2% in 2006 and 4% in 2014.
  • BUT In a survey of 300 female engineers, 84% were either happy or extremely happy with their career choice.
  • AND Engineering students are second only to medics in securing full-time jobs and earning good salaries.
  • Enabling women to meet their full potential in work could add as much as $28 trillion to annual GDP in 2025.
  • In 2010 nearly 100,000 female STEM graduates were unemployed or economically inactive.
  • Diversity matters: companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse.
  • Diversity is crucial for innovation: in a global survey, 85% corporate diversity and talent leaders agreed that “A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation”.

At Electus we actively promote gender equality in the workplace so whether you're female or male makes no difference. As long as you're highly skilled and passionate we encourage you to get in contact with one of our specialist recruiters for your next career opportunity.

Source: www.WES.org.uk





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