The rise of the planet of the female STEM specialists

  3rd December 2018       Peter Knibbs
 Engineering, Science & Space, Client, Employment, Recruitment

In September, Jodie Whittaker made history as the first female Doctor Who and could inspire a new generation of budding scientists in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

Women currently make up less than a quarter of the UK workforce in science, technology, engineering and medicine industries, but with almost 150,000 jobs reportedly being created in these sectors in the UK in the next five years, there are many opportunities to take advantage of.

We look at five reasons why a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is worth pursuing for both men and women.


Many skills obtained at degree level are cross-marketable in the STEM sector. Take engineering for example. This can lead to opportunities in chemical engineering, environmental science and computer science.

Moreover, Forbes found that gender diversity is important for companies too, with 85% of large global enterprises believing that teams with a healthy mix of men and women is critical in driving innovation.


In the 21st century, the concept of a job for life rarely exists. In the STEM sector, however, businesses often offer long-term training and development opportunities in a bid to retain specialist staff.

Employers are also experiencing a skills shortage in the sector at the moment, with an average of 10 unfilled roles per business, meaning there is less competition for jobs.

Earning potential

Research has found that STEM professionals can earn nearly 20% more than their peers, and that’s just at graduate level. Maths, science, computer science and engineering have also made the list of top 10 degrees with the highest paying salaries.

Job satisfaction

Higher salaries and being able to utilise specific skills that you studied to learn contribute to the high levels of job satisfaction in the STEM sector.

A survey carried out by BT in Ireland revealed that 82% and 35% of STEM workers consider their work to be ‘inspiring’ and ‘pioneering’ respectively. In addition, almost 40% believe the best thing about their job is the opportunity to progress. We’re sure this is mirrored in the UK!

Be part of the future

STEM careers really do give people the chance to make a difference and even change the world. Employees can be at the forefront of industrial robotics, technological advances, communication, medical innovation and even the discovery or preservation of life.

If you are currently looking to fill a vacancy in the STEM sector, or need help finding your next challenge, call our specialist Engineering, Science and Space consultants on 01865 546 046.

Peter Knibbs

Recruitment Manager

An REC FIRP accredited recruitment professional, Peter has built an excellent reputation in Oxfordshire by forming sustainable relationships built on loyalty, knowledge and reliable delivery of quality service and candidates. With over 18 years’ experience working within both internal and external recruitment, Peter has successfully supplied talented candidates into the …

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