Women in engineering are helping to close gender gap

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Umbrella company contractors may be interested to hear that recent findings have revealed that an increase in women working within the engineering industry is helping to close the gender gap.

Latest research carried out by Jobsite has revealed that it is the younger generation of women who are making the biggest impact. For example, the percentage of female engineers between 20-24 is 16%, whereas those aged between 40-44 make up just six per cent.

The findings did however reveal that there is a significant difference in the number of women in 'lower level' jobs compared to men – 40% of female engineers are currently in junior positions, whereas just 23% of males are in the same role.

Anna Skelton, senior HR business partner at Jobsite, commented, “The gender gap issue in engineering is well-documented, but our research shows the sector is gradually starting to attract more interest from younger generations, indicating a more balanced future for the industry.

“There’s a clearly recognised skill shortage in this sector, and women are opening their eyes to the wealth of lucrative career opportunities engineering can offer.

“In light of the increasing female workforce, engineering firms should ensure their workplace policies are inclusive and relevant to both sexes to ensure they attract and retain the best talent the industry has to offer.”

Simon Dolan is the Managing Director for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual.
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