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Number of women engineers on the up

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The number of professionally registered women engineers and technicians has increased, says an Engineering Council report.

The Engineering Council’s Annual registration statistics report shows that 9,937 engineers and technicians were added to the national register in 2016, up more than 6% on the previous year.

The number of women who became professionally registered last year increased by more than 19% compared to 2015, with women representing almost 11% (1,072) of all new registrations in 2016.

The report says that by the end of last year 5.2% of all engineers and technicians listed on the Engineering Council Register were women, up from 4.8% in 2015.

The report also shows that the highest number of new engineering technicians (EngTech) ever recorded joined the register in 2016, at 2,383. This is 30% up on the 2015 total.

New registrations recorded across most of the Engineering Council’s professional titles during the year also increased. The exception was the incorporated engineer (IEng), where registrations fell 3%.

The number of engineers and technicians listed on the national register increased slightly in 2016, rising from 222,130 to 222,881, the first rise since 2001.

Engineering Council chief executive Alasdair Coates said: “We are pleased to see some positive trends in new registrations, with an unprecedented number of engineering technicians becoming registered in 2016.

“While the proportion of women engineers and technicians on the Register is still low, the number of female registrations has been consistently growing year on year. This may be a result of the many initiatives in the professional engineering community that are working hard to promote and support women in engineering.

“This is a trend we hope to see continue in 2017 and beyond.”

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