Since the report published by Lord Davies' two years ago identified the 'lack of women on boards', the Engineers Employers Federation along with Lloyds Commercial Banking and Cranfield School have published a female Manufacturing Report. This report is the first of its kind to be published measuring the Manufacturing sector.
Within the FTSE 100, Manufacturing businesses make up just short of a third of companies. Amongst it's own sector, females account for nearly 20% of board positions, compared against the whole FTSE 100 which has around 17% representation. Although this appears to be an improvement within this particular sector, female talent still has a long way to go within Manufacturing anyway.
As a country we still 'lag' behind other European countries and there is research to support perhaps why? Engineering has undoubtedly eroded over the past decades and doesn't have the same parity of esteem as academic learning in Europe. There is still a long way to go with routes through vocational and apprenticeship methods. Equally, we have to highlight to females that a career in Engineering is accessible and attainable.
EEF urges a grassroots approach, with both government and businesses targeting girls at a younger age and doing more to highlight that manufacturing can be a modern, dynamic and high-tech sector that is not ‘just for boys’. Research from Engineering UK reveals that 91 per cent of young females effectively rule themselves out of an engineering career by not choosing triple science at the age of 14. A light-touch approach to careers guidance or ‘inspiration’ should begin in primary school, with more structured careers advice being available to young people in secondary school, including a face-to-face element.
EEF and its partners want to increase the number of young women learning science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and see better promotion of vocational pathways including apprenticeships. The UK needs to continue to champion manufacturing but to specifically target young females who could become future leaders of our industry.
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A recent survey carried out by Slater & Gordon found that many women experience a change to their job of some kind during maternity leave and even when returning to the workplace.
Around 1000 women took part in a poll which found that nearly 50% had a change to their jobs upon returning to work. 15% even found that their role had been removed completely whilst on maternity leave. The results go on to reveal that nearly 40% felt that their role had some degree of change when they returned and sadly 4% had their job ended through redundancy.
Surprisingly, many of the women questioned did not make an issue of any changes as they either didn't want to damage their career and future progression, some were actually unsure of their legal rights and unfortunately, some didn't know who to speak to.
Over 25% of the candidates in the poll declared that any flexible arrangements were declined and two fifths had applications blocked for part-time requests.
Samantha Mangwana, an employment lawyer at Slater & Gordon described the survey findings as “sad and shocking”.
“New mothers are especially vulnerable since it is often the first time they are wholly responsible for another life,” she said. “Yet, mothers continue to suffer unfairly when returning to work.
“It is against the law to be sacked or treated unfairly because you are pregnant or taking maternity leave. Be reassured that these legal protections are there – and they are strong.”
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Since the recession hit the UK market, women have experienced significant setbacks in the labour market.
Global firm PwC carried out research which found that the UK amongst the OECD countries, ranks 18th out of 27 on some key indicators of female economic empowerment - female unemployment rates, equal pay and the proportion of females in full or part-time work.
The report also found that results over the past decade have slipped back further with women in the UK less likely to be in work and experiencing lower job security and greater pay inequality since the recession in 2008.
Gaenor Bagley, head of people and executive board member at PwC, said: "The current workplace model is broken and does not provide enough flexibility. Without fundamental changes it is hard to see how any real progress can be made."
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Do you feel as though you never sit down? You are not alone. A recent study found that many working mums spend around 13 hours per day on the go.
If you are trying to balance a domestic life with working you could be on the go 65 hours per week. With the growing demands of raising a family and keeping up with financial responsibilities you could be on the go for at least 13 hours a day to keep plate spinning at work and home.
From the 2000 women questioned in the survey, three quarters admitted they rarely sit to eat breakfast and dinner. The day starts around 6.45 for most with no rest until at least 9pm when all the chores are complete. Sounds familiar?
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The rising cost of childcare has doubled in parts of Britain over the last decade.
Full-time nursery fees for a family can cost up to around £11,000. This figure has been compared to private school fees. Parents have raised concerns that it is almost similar to paying a second mortgage.
Many families are finding it a strain to manage with the demand of such increasing costs alongside living expenses too. Costs for a child under 2 has risen above an inflation rate of 4.2 percent, which is just under £110 per week for 25 hours. Even after school clubs fees are rising and would now cost around £50 for a 15 hour a week support mechanism.
Anand Shukla, chief executive of Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute said: 'The survey makes clear that, from a parent's perspective, costs are increasingly difficult to manage which is a finding that should concern us all.
'Families are being expected to pay more for their child's nursery place - an average of £14,000 per year in London - than the fees for many private schools - and this cannot continue.'
The survey regularly asks local authorities to report the price that parents pay for different forms of childcare in their area.
The government is still tackling the problem which is stalled by the coalition not agreeing on reforms. There still needs more support from the coalition.
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