Interactive dashboards

Gender disparity in engineering

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).



STEM secondary education

This dashboard provides data on the gender differences in take-up and achievement of STEM subjects at GCSE and A level.

Knowledge, perceptions and understanding of engineering

This dashboard provides data on 11-19 year olds’ knowledge, perceptions and understanding of engineering from the Engineering Brand Monitor, a UK-wide survey measuring public perceptions of engineering.

Engineering and technology apprenticeships

This series of dashboards presents the gender disparity within engineering and technology apprenticeships in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Engineering and technology in higher education

This dashboard gives an overview gender disparity of higher education, focusing specifically on engineering and technology related degrees.