10 Facts about Women in UK Engineering Jobs

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2018 find out 10 facts about women in UK engineering jobs.*

  • 11% of the UK engineering workforce is female.
  • 5% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e. CEng, IEng, EngTech) are women.
  • The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at 11%. Meanwhile Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%.
  • 1% of engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK are female. Whereas in India, over 30% of engineering students are women.
  • The proportion of young women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually the same for eight years.
  • Companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse.
  • In 2015/ 2016 women accounted for 6.8% of engineering and manufacturing apprentices.
  • Around 20% of A-Level physics students are girls. This has not changed in 25 years.
  • There is now very little gender difference in the take up of, and achievement in, core STEM GCSE subjects.
  • Women and men engineering and technology students express similar levels of intent to work in engineering and technology. However 71% of the men and 60% of the women graduates in 2016 went on to work in engineering and technology.

British Engines recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce, and we work hard to encourage all genders to see engineering as an exciting career path.

If you’re interested in a career as an engineer, or working within the engineering industry, take a look at our jobs page.

*Statistics taken from the Women’s Engineering Society website. Click here to read more.