The Gender Agenda
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We’re on a mission to get more girls into STEM! Find out why

The Background

Adecco Group’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) highlighted the potential of the UK as a hub for many forward-thinking companies, attracting bright young talent from across the world.

Women make up nearly half of Britain’s workforce, but only one in ten have a position in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

With the advancement of STEM skills fundamental to the future success of UK plc, encouraging more women to pursue a career in STEM needs to be part of the solution - we simply cannot afford to be using only half of the nation’s brains.

The Gender Agenda: STEMing the Gap – a 360-degree study

Adecco Group UK & Ireland embarked on an independent research study to understand why this ‘leaky pipeline’ persists and establish how we can encourage young girls to study STEM and ensure they go onto pursuing a career in the sector.

Our previous research, Unlocking Britain’s Potential, told us what immediate actions should be taken to tap into the great potential of the UK workforce. But we wanted to understand how to mine a wider talent pool for STEM roles and above all challenge gender bias perceptions, like STEM being ‘just for boys’.

In addition to surveying 3,000 14-16 year olds, university students and female STEM employees, we spoke with people in the industry, and gathered first-hand insight from schoolchildren, teachers and professionals.

To explore the challenges from varying perspectives and standpoints, we also partnered with a number of key stakeholders in developing this research, including Women into Science and Engineering (WISE), the British Science Association, educational partner Ark Academies, Siemens, and a number of Adecco Group UK & Ireland’s clients with a role in the STEM sector.

Through this ongoing research project we aim to further explore gender-specific attitudes towards a career in STEM, perceived or real barriers to the development of a STEM skill-set, and the integrated roles that different parties should be playing to realise the potential of Britain’s workforce.


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