The most pressing reason for employing more women as scientists, engineers and technologists is that – at a time of continuous skills shortages – companies cannot afford to try to otherwise.
Successful firms also recognize the value of losing talented and experienced people. They create the simplest use of all the talents they need, with inclusive policies and practices, transparent opportunities for pay and career progression, and ladies getting the sensible support and encouragement they have to advance.
Two thirds of female STEM graduates – around 17,500 annually – don’t enter highly-skilled STEM work. Meaning there’s an enormous untapped talent pool out there, with the STEM skills your business needs, from which you’ll recruit. (The employment trajectories of STEM graduates, Leicester/Warwick Universities, 2018)