United Kingdom Engineering Workforce

ENGINEERING WORKFORCE: EngineeringUK found that in 2016, while women represent 46.9% of the total UK workforce, only 9.3% of the engineering occupations within the engineering workforce in the United Kingdom were held by women (EngineeringUK, 2018). In 2015-16, among those with a degree in engineering and technology, the proportion of women that do not work in an engineering role (41.4%) is greater than that the proportion of men that do not work in an engineering occupation (35.2%). The gender gap in starting salaries among UK engineering and technology graduates widens as the level of study increases, such that the largest gender gap in starting salaries is observed among research postgraduates. Moreover, among research postgraduates, men have a mean starting salary that is 8.4% higher than that of women (EngineeringUK, 2018).

UK workforce, by gender and sector, 2016

UK workforce, by gender and sector, 2016

Source: EngineeringUK. (2018). EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.

Employed first degree engineering and technology graduates, by gender and occupation, 2015-16

Employed first degree engineering and technology graduates, by gender and occupation, 2015-16

Source: EngineeringUK. (2018). EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.

Mean starting salaries of UK engineering and technology graduates, by gender and level of study, 2015-16

Mean starting salaries of UK engineering and technology graduates, by gender and level of study, 2015-16

Source: EngineeringUK. (2018). EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.


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