Is gender diversity in Energy worsening?

Published: 11 Apr 2018

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Gender disparity in the energy industry is a bigger problem than we initially thought.

The 2018 Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the largest energy workforce study currently available in the market, surveying over 20,000 professionals globally, shows only an 11% female representation in the energy industry.

When we delve into these figures further, the gap widens. The most popular jobs for men are technical disciplines such as the Electrical Engineer, Project Manager, and Mechanical Engineer. In comparison, roles represented by females tend to be in the HR, Admin, and Accountancy job categories, proving that Pink jobs and Blue jobs in energy are still prevalent.

For both men and women, there are clearly opportunities across all role types to attract a more diverse workforce.

Despite these results, the industry is certainly working hard to address this imbalance. Every major energy company Energy Jobline works with has made gender diversity a key priority.  Education is not the problem, as there are numerous seminars and conferences tackling the issue. So, why does the problem still exist? Perhaps, the answer lies in the number of women applying for jobs. Energy Jobline, the world’s largest recruitment platform for energy professionals reports that nearly 80% of all applications made for technical roles were from men.

Furthermore, a quarter of GETI’s respondents felt that the gender gap was the biggest challenge facing the industry. We, as an industry, need more women to enter the sector if the industry is going to continue to transform and develop to its full potential. This means tackling gender diversity at the grassroots level. Parents, schools, and universities should be sharing their wisdom and encouraging STEM subjects from an early age. This is the only way we can inspire a passion for engineering amongst our girls.

We also need to better-retain the female talent we already have in the workforce. GETI reveals unemployment is 32% higher in females than males. In addition, a quarter of women in the oil & gas sector are looking to move into renewable energy. However, the industry can absolutely reverse this change. Nearly 40% of female’s workers in the oil & gas sector believe flexible working would aid in retaining more women.

There is a huge opportunity for the energy sector if we can continue to make the necessary changes.  Girls and women who can transform the workforce and in turn, the industry are out there- we need to make sure the energy sector is properly positioned to attract their brilliant minds.

Energy Jobline recently set a gender diversity target of a 25% female workforce by 2020.

To browse jobs with energy employers committed to a more diverse workforce, click here to search via Energy Jobline today.

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