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Women in Engineering | Gender quality | Time's Up

The TIME’S UP™ movement caused a stir early in 2018 when numerous actresses donned black outfits to the Golden Globes as a way of drawing attention to gender inequality in the work place. As we mark the second International Women in Engineering Day, time really is up for gender inequality in male dominated industries. 

By Kirsty McMahon, junior account manager 

The Women’s Engineering Society launched Women in Engineering Day as a national event in the UK in 2014 to raise awareness of gender disparity in the sector. Since then it has gained such support that the event obtained United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) patronage, launching it as an international event in 2017.

The fact that it has grown and acquired an international following is not only indicative of how well the global engineering industry has responded to the issue, it also demonstrates how aware the world is to gender inequality in all walks of life.

The TIME’S UP™ movement shows women taking a stand against sexual harassment in the work place. There is even the United Nations (UN) HeForShe campaign to create solidarity between the sexes and build equality. In the UK, businesses had to declare their gender pay gap, demonstrating that 78 per cent of businesses pay men more than women — and big firms like the BBC are taking serious heat for it.

It is clear women have had enough. And they are beginning to be heard.

There aren’t many industries where women dominate, and even in areas where they out number their male colleagues they don’t always come out on top. Take PR as an example.

According to the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), PR is a female-led industry, with 64 per cent of people working in the sector being women. However, three pay gap surveys conducted across the UK PR industry in 2015 found that, at every level, men are paid more than women in equivalent positions. A trend that only intensifies the higher up you go.

A recent State of the Profession survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) discovered that the mean salary for a male PR practitioner is £56,840 — dropping to £44,450 for women. That’s a difference of 28 per cent.

Time really is up. We need to continue to rally behind events like International Women in Engineering Day to create equality in numbers, but we also need to address basic levels of equality by paying people based on the job they do, not their gender.

This is something we do at Stone Junction. The businesses is structured to award salary increases — and the associated promotions — based solely on passed objectives and performance. The personal judgement of management is unrelated and can’t influence pay. Man, woman, transgender or gender non-binary, it has no bearing on progression here.

Something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a new career opportunity. We’re currently hiring, so give me a call if you want to hear more about the, frankly, brilliant opportunities and benefits of working at Stone Junction on 01785 225416 or email me at kirsty@stonejunction.co.uk.

Kirsty McMahon

Stone Junction is a cool technical PR agency based in Stafford. We work for all sorts of businesses, with a particular focus on technology, technical and engineering companies. We like being sent cake and biscuits by clients, journalists and prospects.

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