There is a mixed picture across the Core STEM workforce in 2016. Whilst it is positive to see an increase of 13,000 more women working in Core STEM occupations, the proportion of the workforce made up by women has decreased from 22% to 21% since 2015. This demonstrates that some progress is being made, but as the STEM sectors continue to grow, the rate at which women are taking up jobs does not compare to that of men.
“Unless the working environment is right for women, no amount of positive messages or role models going into schools will make much difference because even if you attract the women in, they are unlikely to stay. It is harder to change culture, but until we do, we won’t get the gender balance we need in STEM.” Helen Wollaston
If you think your job adverts are not attracting enough women click on the links below for hints and tips on creating job advertisements that will increase the diversity of your applicant pool.
WISE provides a number of different routes to improving awareness and knowledge of Unconscious Bias, for more information about our Unconscious Bias training and how it can benefit your organisation click here.
Gender decoder for Job adverts
This site is a quick way to check whether a job advert has the kind of subtle linguistic gender-coding that has this discouraging effect.
Textio shows you how your job listings and candidate emails will perform before you’ve even posted them.