United Kingdom Engineering Workforce

EngineeringUK found that in 2018, while women represent 47% of the total UK workforce, only 9.7% of the engineering occupations within the engineering workforce in the United Kingdom were held by women.

UK workforce, by gender and sector, 2018

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Source: EngineeringUK. (2019). Excel Resource 2019, EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.

In 2016-17, among those with a first degree in engineering and technology, the proportion of women that do not work in an engineering role (41.4%) is greater than the proportion of men that do not work in an engineering occupation (35.2%).

Employed first degree engineering and technology graduates, by gender and occupation, 2016-17

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Source: EngineeringUK. (2019). Excel Resource 2019, EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.

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 11.6% higher than that of women.

Mean starting salaries of UK engineering and technology graduates, by gender and level of study, 2016-17

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Source: EngineeringUK. (2019). Excel Resource 2019, EngineeringUK 2018: The state of engineering.


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