Gender disparities in educational pathways into engineering – an overview

Women are severely underrepresented in engineering: just 12% of those working in engineering are female, compared with 47% of the overall UK workforce.

On this page, you can explore data from a range of sources which show the extent of the gender imbalance in the industry. The dashboards serve as an interactive companion piece to the EngineeringUK briefing 'Gender disparity in engineering', which provides a focused look into the underrepresentation of women in engineering and explores some of the possible barriers they face.

The dashboards show gender differences in participation and attainment in STEM subjects at every stage along the main educational pathways leading to a career in engineering. They also show gender differences in young people’s knowledge and perceptions of engineering, and beyond this, differences in self-efficacy which could be deterring young women from pursuing engineering careers.

Engineering educational pathways to the workforce

The dashboard below shows the proportions of women participating in STEM subjects at various points along the engineering educational pipeline and in the engineering workforce, as well as changes over time (2014/15 to 2017/8).

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