Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 49% of managers within the engineering and manufacturing industry believe their industry still struggles with a lack of gender diversity.
The research, which comes from multi-discipline recruitment experts, Search Consultancy, was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents to rate how they believed their industry compared against a range of diversity markers.
The full list, from most to least diverse in terms in gender representation, is:
The research also looks into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors. 59% of managers in the engineering and manufacturing industry believe their business lacked racial diversity with 43% admitting age diversity was an issue.
49% of managers also believe a more diverse workforce would help resolve the skills shortage in the engineering and manufacturing sector.
Erin Vickers, Director of Talent and Engagement at Search Consultancy, said: “Although research shows that 85% of managers in the engineering and manufacturing industry believe their industry is suffering from a skills shortage, little is being done to encourage a more diverse workforce and consequently widen the talent pool available.
“The benefits of having a diverse team are endless. Looking outside of the typical candidate demographic can help resolve the skills shortage, create a better understanding of customers and significantly improve employer brand. Now more than ever, it is time to encourage increased diversity in the workplace and help businesses grow following a very difficult 12 months.”
To read more about diversity in your sector and how it can help resolve the skills shortage, read Search Consultancy’s latest report, here.