Still too few women in design roles

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

Women are still un­der­rep­re­sented in the UK design in­dus­try, new re­search has shown.

Anal­y­sis by the Design Mu­seum show that as of March 2018 only 22 per cent of those work­ing in oc­cu­pa­tions as­so­ci­ated with design were women. This rep­re­sents an in­crease of only 4 per cent since 2004, when only 18 per cent of those em­ployed in the design in­dus­try were women.

At A-Level, girls cur­rently make up al­most 70 per cent of en­trants for design-heavy sub­jects but this up­take does not feed through to the work­force. Design-re­lated jobs where women are un­der-rep­re­sented in­clude ar­chi­tects, civil en­gi­neers, town plan­ners and prod­uct de­sign­ers.

Co-di­rec­tor of the Design Mu­seum, Alice Black, said: “As we mark 100 years since the first UK gen­eral elec­tion in which a per­cent­age of women were per­mit­ted to vote, th­ese fig­ures show just how far we have to go.”

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