Breaking UK tech’s gender divide

Breaking UK tech’s gender divide

Women now outnumber men at undergraduate level in medicine and the biological sciences. But in the physical sciences, the pattern is different: according to Ucas, only 23% of students starting physics degrees in 2016 were women, while for engineering, the figure was 17%. Women also leave science and engineering careers in greater numbers than men: only 1 in 8 of those in engineering occupations, and less than 1 in 10 of those in an engineering role within an engineering company, are women.
It matters for two reasons, says Helen Wollaston, chief executive of Wise, a campaign to attract more women into science and engineering. The first is the impact on women themselves: the difference in starting salaries between Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and non-Stem graduates can be as much as £6,000. The second is the skills crisis: “If we can’t get more people in this country with the skills to meet those vacancies, then jobs will go overseas, where there are more people with those qualifications.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/break-into-tech/2017/oct/18/breaking-uk-techs-gender-divide