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Is technology sexist?

Is technology sexist?
Without sounding like a stuck record, if 2018 proved anything to us, it showed that women have definitely come a long way within the tech industry, and as a glass half full type of person, this year looks promising in terms of continuing to encourage females. However, the fact that I am writing this article means that although a battle may have been won, there’s still some way to go to win the war, and so I want to pose the question - is technology inherently sexist?
12th April 2019

Time to raise a glass as WES reaches three figures

Time to raise a glass as WES reaches three figures
In 2019 the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) turned 100 years old and celebrated the present, remembering the past and continuing to change the future. 2018 marked the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote, marking the Representation of the People Act 1918. It gave suffrage for most men, and enfranchised women over 30 who met minimum property qualifications.
12th April 2019

Where are all the role models at?

Where are all the role models at?
Cast your minds back to October, Startups Magazine hosted a 'Female Founders' event to celebrate women in tech, bringing together women and men from the industry to highlight female startups and female entrepreneurs in the industry. Two panel discussions were held and one thing that became apparently clear from the audience and the professionals on the panel, was the huge lack of role models in the technology industry as a whole and in particular, sources of female inspiration for young people.
11th April 2019


Are women in tech doomed from the very beginning?

Are women in tech doomed from the very beginning?
There are several reasons why there are not enough women in tech as we touched on in last month’s last column, however, when does that discouragement process start? My instinctive answer to this question suggests that it begins in school and at a young age. Is there enough encouragement in STEM subjects for young girls, and if so where does it go wrong? Is it that we have created a society with so many stereotypes that young girls are put off without even realising it?
11th April 2019

Why are we still addressing the lack of women in engineering?

Why are we still addressing the lack of women in engineering?
Women gained the vote 100 years ago this year, a momentous occasion that has gone down in history, so why is there still a gap within the engineering industry between genders? Electronic Specifier’s Anna Flockett investigates. In fact there is not enough diversity in the technology sector as a whole. Mike Butcher, Editor at Tech Crunch, said that this year’s figures show that in the technology sector 20% of the workforce are females, which has dropped from 33% in 2002.
11th April 2019

Women in Engineering Column

Women in Engineering Column
This year saw WES (The Women’s Engineering Society) celebrate its 100 year anniversary. A lot has changed for women over the last century, as Electronic Specifier’s Anna Flockett found out at the organisation’s centennial conference. WES’s centennial conference which was held last month, titled: ‘Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future’, set out to discuss the past, how far women have come, some of our amazing achievements, and crucially what still needs to be done in the future. 
11th April 2019

Industrial motors market analysis and upcoming trends

Industrial motors market analysis and upcoming trends
Due to rapid industrialisation, there has been significant growth in manufacturing industries all around the world. As a result, the demand for industrial motors has witnessed a significant increase over the years. As per industrial motors market analysis, it is expected that the global industrial motors market will reach the total value of $58.9bn by the end of 2019 with an average growth rate of seven percent. In the emerging economies, the increasing demand for motors by downstream industries is going to be a major driver of the industrial motor market.
26th March 2019

The next generation: UK engineering start-ups

The next generation: UK engineering start-ups
As the future remains unclear for the manufacturing and engineering industry in the UK, we try to keep positive and think about the future generation and what they have in store for engineering, so Engineering Specifier caught up with Jon Excell, editor, The Engineer and engineering Launchpad chair to see where he stands on engineering startups, and what is yet to come for the industry.
14th March 2019

Colt DCS celebrates International Women’s Day

Colt DCS celebrates International Women’s Day
Detlef Spang, CEO, Colt Data Centre Services talks us through her thoughts on International Women's Day, in terms of how far we have come and what still needs to be done. 
13th March 2019

Beating men to engineer a future career

Beating men to engineer a future career
A 16 year-old student from Southampton has beaten off ‘hundreds’ of others and bagged a prestigious six-year engineering apprenticeship. Katie Hopper, who attends Salisbury’s University Technical College (UTC), was the only female who applied to Associated British Ports (ABP) for the higher level degree apprenticeship.
5th March 2019

Encouraging and showcasing Women in Graphene

Encouraging and showcasing Women in Graphene
For at least the past five years there has been a huge buzz around the fact that there is a massive difference in the number of men working in STEM and technology compared to the number of women. We have seen talks, conference initiatives, but my question is with all this discussion what action is actually being taken?   
21st February 2019

CNC combination lathe gives components more flexibility

CNC combination lathe gives components more flexibility
Cheshire Seals and Components Limited (Cheshire Seals), based in Warrington have recently extended their workshop capacity with a new Harrison Alpha 1550XS manual/CNC lathe from Colchester Machine Tool Solutions, allowing them to offer customers larger machining capability.
29th January 2019

Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap

Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap
Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles. Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants has analysed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures. According to the analysis females with job titles such as mechanical engineer or maintenance engineer earn almost a third less than males with the same occupation.
19th December 2018

The Richborough connection to Canterbury is complete

The Richborough connection to Canterbury is complete
The National Grid and its contractors Murphy Eltel Joint Venture have finished building the new 20km high voltage electricity line between Richborough and Canterbury to connect the Nemo Link, into the UK’s electricity transmission system. The new line, consisting of 60 new pylons is the first to be built in Kent for 25 years.
11th December 2018

Star engineer aims to help build careers in a skills-threatened sector

Highly-skilled young Scottish engineer Sean McKenzie has many accomplishments, but perhaps his most important contribution to the sector could be a simple lesson: that skills shortages can be overcome. His 11-year career at Blantyre-based, globally-operating semiconductor specialist Ichor Systems has been an object lesson in how focused nurturing of talent can create a new generation of professionals who excel in skills which were in danger of being lost.
11th December 2018

International engineering firm invests in digital strategy

International engineering firm invests in digital strategy
A Yorkshire-based engineering firm, operating in the print industry, has invested £110,000 in its digital marketing strategy. Absolute, based in Huddersfield, has appointed Leeds-based creative agency, Tall to strengthen its online presence. The two businesses first worked together on the development of Absolute’s ‘Sono’, the world’s first and only ultrasonic on-press cleaner.  
7th December 2018

What have the pyramids taught the engineering sector?

What have the pyramids taught the engineering sector?
  The structure of the Great Pyramid of Giza is truly a marvellous feat of human engineering, and in fact of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the last one left standing, despite being the oldest.
5th December 2018

STEM employment nearly 50% female

 STEM employment nearly 50% female
Over the past few decades, there has been a massive rise in the female workforce, with the employment rate of women aged 25 to 54 up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017. In fact, recent reports collected by Fresh Student Living found women in the UK are 35% more likely to go to university than men.
28th November 2018

Women of STEM – Top 20

Women of STEM – Top 20
Over the last few years we have used up a lot of column inches in order to highlight the burgeoning skills gap within engineering and STEM-based careers, and in particular the discrepancy in the gender balance of individuals choosing that particular pathway.
5th November 2018

The ageing of workforce

The ageing of workforce
News of Japan’s plans to increase the age of retirement to 70 years old will have the British public anxious about our own plans. The Asian country’s government are hoping to pave the way for workers to stay in their role longer following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to encourage companies to increase their self-imposed retirement age.
25th October 2018


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