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It's time to bridge the engineering gender gap

Angela Owen, a senior adviser on Women and Defence at PA Consulting Group is quoted in an article as a result of a roundtable she attended which assessed the gender skills gap in engineering.

The article notes that the industry roundtable agreed that the underrepresentation of women in engineering is worrying. Panellists urged companies to up their game in recruiting and retaining female staff. 

It goes on to explore whether women working in the industry are properly supported by their employer to return to work if they have children or care for elderly relatives.

Angela says that recruitment adverts may also have an impact on the numbers of women in the industry. “Recruitment adverts are dominated by descriptors such as “bold” and “strong” rather than balancing with female-focused attributes such as “collaborative”, “dependable” and “committed”."


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