Men (still) outnumber women in Scottish energy sector by 3 to 1

Women's Day 2014A new report –  published to coincide with this year’s International Women’s Day – shows that men still outnumber women in Scotland’s energy industries by 3 to 1.

The findings are revealed in a new report commissioned by a Glasgow-based trade association which is financially supported by the Scottish Government.

They show that 28% of the renewable energy industry’s workforce are female, compared to oil and gas which has 21% and nuclear with 18%. The study –  carried out by the Warwick Institute for Employment in Research – also provides the following further full gender employment analysis by industrial sector; –

  • Chemicals; 27% of the workforce is female – with only 2.3% in process operations compared to 20% in professional roles
  • Petroleum retailing: 50% of forecourt cashiers and managers are female; and 7% of forecourt maintenance employees are female  
  • Polymers:  6.9% are female in sign making; and 21.2% are female in rubber processing and plastics
  •  Oil and gas: 21% employed in all companies are female
  •  Nuclear industry – 18% female employment rate.

Further analysis of those working across professional engineering shows that while women comprise 51% of the UK population, only 8% of the engineering workforce is female, according to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In January this year  – in partnership with Women’s Enterprise Scotland – Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WiRES) launched a mentoring programme (as reported in the Scottish Energy News)

A spokesman for the trade association which commissioned the survey said: “Having 28% of women working in renewables in Scotland is a good starting point for what we hope will be an increasing figure as the industry expands into emerging sectors such as wave, tidal and offshore wind.

“It’s clear that more work needs to be done to improve on this but we’re confident that existing projects, such as Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology at Napier University, and new networks, such as Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WiRES), will go some way in doing just that.”

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