International Women in Engineering Day 2018 will be celebrated on Saturday 23rd June. So, we’ve decided to take a look at 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%, while 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 and 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 & technology, but 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 current vacancies.


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