Oct 22, 2021
EngineeringUK Chief Executive Dr Hilary Leevers writes in this month’s The Engineer about the need for a collaborative and representative engineering community.
“Some early analysis from EngineeringUK of the Labour Force Survey Q3 2020 has shown that 14.5 per cent of those working in engineering are female. This is a small but important increase from 12 per cent as reported in 2018.
“The proportion of women working in engineering has increased over time both proportionally and in absolute numbers, outpacing the rate seen in the wider workforce.
“For those of you who like to see the data, the number of women working in engineering occupations has risen from 722k in Q2 of 2016 to 907k in Q2 of 2020. This represents a 25.7 per cent increase in women in engineering occupations compared to a 4.6 per cent rise in the number of women in the overall workforce within that same period. The majority of these women come from the existing workforce, some have also joined the engineering workforce from full-time study or a period of unemployment or long-term sickness and disability.”
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