The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) - the organisation which represents the business interests of UK and Irish suppliers of liquid pumps and related equipment - recently carried out a survey amongst members, to help better understand how it can help and encourage companies to attract and retain more women engineers.
According to Office of National Statistics data, women currently make up 25.6% of those employed in the manufacturing sector.
However, although this figure has grown quite considerably over recent years, at least 50% of the total UK workforce are woman, so there is still some way to go before the world of engineering achieves parity of the sexes.
Against this backdrop, the BPMA distributed questionnaires to a cross-section of its member companies, requesting that they be completed by female employees.
Gary Wilde, technical services officer at the BPMA, who orchestrated the survey, said: “The overall engagement was excellent, with the written responses presenting some tremendous insight and detail.”
An overview of the key findings is presented below.
First, it seems that the key drivers...
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