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Representation of women in UK engineering the worst in the EU

Women in the engineering sector in the UK currently make up 8.7 per cent of the workforce, the worst in the European Union.

However, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have released stats that highlight the number of women in engineering roles is beginning to improve.

The release of the figures corresponds with National Women in Engineering Day (23 June).

WSP, the consultancy behind the Shard, have a female representation of 20 percent in their engineering work force.

Women represent 33 per cent of their intake at a graduate level.

The internal survey of female engineers discovered that:

  • 49 per cent think that educating teachers and careers advisers about engineering will be beneficiary to girls looking to potentially start a career in the sector
  • 64 per cent had engineering/science mentioned as a possible future prospect whilst at school
  • 60 per cent denied the existence of barriers into the profession
  • 65 per cent claimed that their gender won’t limit their career progression
  • 30 per cent expressed the belief that the current contrast in male/female ratio in the sector was down to women not having the right qualifications.

The following video sheds some light on what it means to be a woman in the engineering sector:

Source: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Women in Engineering Day 2015


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