Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 49% of managers within the engineering & 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:


o   Legal  – 40%

o   Hospitality – 44%

o   Marketing – 49%

o   Sales – 50%

o   Scientific – 52%

o   Engineering & manufacturing – 52%

o   Logistics – 53%

o   Call & contact centre –  54%

o   Accountancy & finance – 55%

o   Business support – 56%

o   Social work – 56%

o   Healthcare – 57%

o   Financial services – 59%

o   HR – 59%

o   Industrial – 60%

o   Transportation – 63%

o   Construction – 68%


The research also looks into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors. 59% of managers in the engineering & 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 & manufacturing sector.

 Erin Vickers, director of talent and engagement at Search Consultancy, said: “Although research shows that 85% of managers in the engineering & 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: