Coronavirus pandemic widens gender gap in engineering career choices

New research from EngineeringUK suggests that for young people in particular, the Covid-19 pandemic is deepening gender differences in career aspirations in engineering or technology.

The gender gap in the engineering sector has long been a concern and remains a pressing issue, with women making up just 12 per cent of the engineering workforce.

In the survey, 1,131 young people aged 11-19 were asked about their attitudes and the degree to which their educational and career aspirations have been affected by the pandemic. While a large majority of young people believe engineering has an important role to play in fighting elements of the pandemic, when it comes to considering an engineering or technology career the gender gap is still clear.

When asked whether they would be likely to consider engineering as a career, 44 per cent of boys/young men answered ‘yes’ as opposed to just 24 per cent of girls/young women. This gap is even wider when it comes to technology, with 65 per cent of boys/young men vs 37 per cent of girls/young women saying they would be likely to consider a career in the sector.


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