Happy New Year from all of us at the Equate Careerhub. We have an ambitious New Year’s resolution for 2019. We want to help women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) find a job or opportunity where they can grow, learn and develop in an inclusive and welcoming work environment.

Fewer than 30% of women who studied or trained in science, technology, engineering or maths go on to have a long term career in that industry after they qualify. With a growing skills gap in Scotland, this has a hugely negative impact on economic progress and innovation and this needs to change. We need a thriving STEM sector in Scotland to be globally competitive and relevant. To do this we need that sector to be diverse. Scotland needs more engineers, more scientists and more technologists to meet growth; whilst under-using half of the population, how will we reach our economic targets?

The Equate Careerhub aims to connect women with employers who are taking actions to recruit, retain and progress women in their organisation. These are employers who understand that recruiting and promoting more women is not just a good thing to do, it is economically and socially the right thing to do.

 

The Equate Careerhub aims to connect women with employers who are taking actions to recruit, retain and progress women in their organisation. These are employers who understand that recruiting and promoting more women is not just a good thing to do, it is economically and socially the right thing to do.

 

Evidence suggests that hiring and promoting more women leads to better profit margins. Yet, the 2018 Mckinsey Women in the Workplace (US) report states that progress on gender diversity has stalled. We need more women in senior positions, we need more women on boards, and we need more women in science, technology and engineering. It is not enough to hire a single woman and expect quick results. For real, measurable success the recruitment and progression of women need to be systematic and evident at all levels from entry level to leadership positions.

Women want a respectful work place where they can learn and progress in a professional setting free from bias, both conscious and unconscious. It is also important for women that they are able to maintain a balanced life where long hours in the office and physical presence is not linked to commitment or career progression.

It is clear employers are aware of the economic benefits of a diverse workforce and the requirement to plug the growing skills gap. And although, there are a number of cultural and structural barriers that stand in the way of recruiting and retaining women in STEM there are many employers who are prepared to address these barriers and commit to long term cultural change. So far employers featured on the Equate Careerhub include the University of Edinburgh, the Forestry Commission, Barclays, SSE, FanDuel and many others.

The Equate Careerhub is a resource for women to find employers who are continually making steps to create an inclusive working environments.

If your New Year’s resolution is to find a new job, go for promotion, join a Public Board or you are preparing for a big change in 2019, Equate Scotland is here to support you. Visit the Equate Careerhub and check out our upcoming events.

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