Like many industries, the consulting engineering sector is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, with women being significantly under-represented in this highly-skilled profession. Against this backdrop, the gender gap is both a cause for concern and an opportunity, says Inés Ferguson, President, European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA),in the latest issue of Building Services Engineerng.
In Ireland, only 12% of engineers are female, while the figures for the United States, Australia and India are 13%, 14% and 14% respectively. That said, there is some good news. Eurostat data from 2022 suggests that the representation of women in engineering and science jobs is on the rise across all EU countries. In fact, data shows that at third-level education, 23% of engineering graduates in Ireland are female.
Nonetheless, the current disparity not only limits opportunities for women but also has broader societal impacts. EFCA believes that, by promoting diversity and inclusion, the engineering sector can attract more young people, and especially women, so we deliver a climate-resilient, sustainable built environment.
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