Women in engineering on the rise, says latest Engineering Council report

Women in Materials, Minerals & Mining (WIM3)
27 Mar 2017

The Engineering Council’s Annual Registration Statistics Report shows there has been a rise in the number of professionally registered women engineers and technicians.

According to the study, there was a 19 per cent increase in females added to the national Register in 2016, compared to the previous year. With women representing almost 11 per cent (1,072) of all new registrations.

By the end of last year women represented 5.2% of all engineers and technicians listed on the Engineering Council Register, up from 4.8% in 2015.

Engineering Council CEO, Alasdair Coates said: “We are pleased to see some positive trends in new registrations, with an unprecedented number of Engineering Technicians becoming registered in 2016. While the proportion of women engineers and technicians on the Register is still low, the number of female registrations has been consistently growing year on year.”

He continued, “This may be a result of the many initiatives in the professional engineering community that are working hard to promote and support women in engineering and is a trend we hope to see continue in 2017 and beyond.”

Overall, 9,937 engineers and technicians were added to the national Register in 2016, an increase of more than six per cent compared to the previous year.

The report shows that the highest number of new Engineering Technicians (EngTech) ever recorded joined the Register in 2016, at 2,383. This represents a 30 per cent rise on the 2015 total. An increase in the number of new registrations was recorded across the Engineering Council’s professional titles during the year, except for Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which decreased by three per cent.

The total number of engineers and technicians listed on the national Register increased slightly in 2016, rising from 222,130 to 222,881 by the end of the year. This is the first time since 2001 the total has increased.

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