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STEM diversity lowest but science balance better

Representation of women in engineering and IT remain the lowest of the STEM professions, whilst the imbalance in genders is closing in science roles, according to TA and workforce solutions specialist Guidant Global.

In an analysis of gender representation for roles requiring STEM skills worldwide, Guidant identified a worrying lack of women holding roles that require technology, engineering or mathematics skills. Across roles that require engineering skills, just 20% worldwide are filled by women. This representation increases to 27% for those working in IT, while 33% of jobs requiring mathematics skills globally are currently held by women.

However, jobs requiring science experience – including computer, environment and data science – are currently seeing the best balance in gender representation of women, with almost half (46%) of roles held by women.

Simon Blockley, CEO of Guidant Global, said: “With a growing shortage of STEM talent affecting much of the globe, it’s crucial that more women are encouraged into a career in technology, engineering and mathematics related jobs, but with limited role models, emerging generations of women are unlikely to pursue this route. However, employers can tackle this to some degree by carefully planning how they recruit and ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) is at the foundation of their talent supply chain.

“Any company that is sourcing people resources for your business must be aligned with your own ED&I strategy, as they are acting as a go-between for your employer brand and the people that your firm needs to succeed and grow. If businesses are to tackle gender imbalance, they need to be engaging with organisations in the supply chain that are equally as committed to addressing this issue.”

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