Male-dominated engineering has an 87 per cent gender gap - but it pays pretty well
Published: 24 Jun 2015
The gender pay gap between male and female engineering staff has closed by six per cent in the last couple of years.
But the gap between applicants is still huge, with eight times more men than women applying for jobs within engineering.
A new study found 97,681 women in the UK applied for engineering roles in 2014 – compared to 753,263 men.
It shows a gap of 87 per cent between the genders - a tiny drop from 2013, which saw a gap of 88 per cent between male and female applicants.
The study comes on National Women In Engineering Day which celebrates female engineers and encourages women and girls to consider the profession.
There has been little progress regarding the numbers of female applicants, but the gender pay gap in the industry has reduced year-on-year.
In 2013, men earned 10 per cent more than women with average salaries of £31,720 while women earned £28,496.
But last year, men earned just four per cent more with salaries of £33,583 compared to £32,096 for women.
Lynn Cahillane, communications manager at Reed.co.uk, which surveyed 1,197 engineers, said: “While many industries are currently suffering bad press around discrepancies in salary between genders, our data shows that engineering is actually one of the better industries for equal pay.
“What’s more, the industry is seeing huge levels of growth and we’re seeing a constant flow of jobs being listed on our site from marine engineering to micro-electronics.
"This information needs to be portrayed at schools to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering. ”
For women, the most popular job roles within engineering were in the automotive, manufacturing and design areas.
The 10 most popular engineering jobs for women Automotive Manufacturing Design Project/Programme Manager Electronic Electrical Civil Mechanical Quality Control Maintenance
The sections with the largest gender gap were CNC programming (creating control programs for Computer Numerical Control machines), welding and maintenance.
They were following by maintenance and mechanical and eletrical work, which were on the top 10 list of jobs women applied for.
Top ten engineering job roles with biggest gender gap Job sector Percentage difference (male over female applicants) CNC Programming 97 per cent Welding/Plating/Pipefitting / Field 96 per cent Maintenance 95 per cent Mechanical / Electrical 94 per cent Lift/Escalator Engineer 93 per cent Micro Electronics / Thermal Engineer/ Instrumentation 92 per cent Semiconductors / Draughts / Industrial 91 per cent Composite 90 per cent Manufacturing / electronic / plastic 89 per cent Nanotechnology
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