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Singapore Research Scientists and Engineers

In the latest National Survey of Research and Development in Singapore (2018) published by the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research in Singapore, the gender representation of research scientists and engineers were provided for the span of ten years (2008-2018). Over this time, women’s representation among research scientists and engineers has slowly increased. Women represented 26% of research scientists and engineers in 2008, and in 2018, their representation among these STEM workers increased to 30%.

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The data for 2018 also show that women’s representation among research scientists and engineers working in Singapore varied depending on their level of education and sector work. For example, the lowest proportion of female research scientists and engineers, regardless of education level attained, were observed in the private sector. More gender equitable representations were observed among research scientists and engineers working in either institutes of higher learning or public research institutes. In particular, women were better represented among research scientists and engineers without advanced degrees, such that 45% and 52% of research scientists and engineers in institutes of higher learning and public research institutes with only a bachelor’s degree, respectively, are women. While women represented more than 30% of research scientists and engineers in the government sector, there was a slight difference in their representation depending on their degree attainment. They were also better represented among those without advanced degrees.

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