Understanding your starting point – how to improve Gender Balance


From the incoming gender pay gap reporting legislation to the growing need for additional major projects professionals to serve the major projects market, companies are under increasing pressure to ensure that their diversity and inclusion policies are supporting the recruitment and progression of women. Although female staff account for 47% of the UK jobs market this drops to just 11% for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related occupations, yet research from government shows that engineering and IT related professional roles dominate the UK's top ten future skill requirements. It is therefore critical that firms attract more women into their companies, and in recognition of this the Major Projects Association launched its Gender Balance Initiative in November 2015. This saw the Association endorse the Industry Led Ten Steps, co-founded by WISE and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and announce a series of events to be held throughout 2016, 'Understanding your starting point' was the first of these.