More technology jobs for women ‘boosts economy’

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INCREASING the number of women in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) jobs would boost the Scottish economy, according to evidence presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), also said that the proportion of women in STEM jobs has not improved since 2008.

Professor John Roulston, chair of the IET’s Scotland policy panel, said: “Change is necessary to ensure Scotland makes full use of its available talent by tackling the under-representation of women.

“Society’s portrayal of engineering as a male career option must be reversed. This is an industry challenge which requires public, private and third sector solutions.

“Things that could be done include greater use of flexible working within companies, increased acceptance of career breaks, and more use of part-time roles would all help make STEM roles more attractive.”