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25 Percent Less: Gender Paygap for Women in UK Chemical Engineering Jobs

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IChemE director of policy and communication, Andy Furlong, said: “The chemical engineering profession has remained largely recession-proof during the economic downturn with above average increases in salaries. This positive picture is likely to remain as the demand for engineers increases, especially to power the UK’s economic recovery.”

“However, the sector does face skill shortages and many talented people, especially women, choose to overlook what is still perceived to be a male dominated profession. IChemE’s 2014 salary survey suggests there is much more to be done to tackle one of the biggest issues – the gender pay gap.”

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“To attract and retain all of the best talent, employers need to take another look at how women are supported and rewarded throughout their engineering careers. It’s a difficult and long-standing issue, but without a solution fairness, equality and economic growth will continue to be undermined.”

Last week, IChemE published a ten-point pledge to improve diversity in the chemical engineering profession and gave its support to the Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of students, especially women, studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects by 50 per cent over the next three years.

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