The theme for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED 2018) is “Raising The Bar”. At WORK18, we are fortunate to meet many inspiring women working in non-traditional fields and challenging stereotypes and ideas of who can do what type of work.
The future is looking promising and we’re excited to celebrate the positive changes we’ve seen at Endorsed Employers for Women in Engineering lately as profiled by Engineers Australia.
Promising data shows women engineers are most resilient in the job market, however, they only represent 13.6% of the engineering workforce in Australia. What can the industry do to encourage more women to join the profession? WORK180 Co-founder and CEO Valeria Ignatieva shares corporate insights of achievements to date. For example, AECOM has invested in closing the gender pay gap and in the space of 12 months, reduced the gap by 3.4 percent across its 2,750 Australian employees.
Valeria also points out that tackling the gender super gap is another priority for Endorsed Employers:
“Engineering firms and other businesses recognize the structural impediments currently resulting in women retiring with an average of 47 per cent less in super compared to men. Schneider Electric along with BHP, Aurecon and_ Thales are some of the few engineering firms which pay superannuation whilst on unpaid parental leave. This is an extremely important initiative to make super fair.” – Valeria Ignatieva, WORK180 Co-founder and CEO.
“The fewer hurdles there are for women to progress their career, the more likely it is that we’ll retain quality talent. It’s a win-win.” Louise Dudley, CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities. Read the story.
Atlassian has been working hard to ensure all employees have the support and tools they need to thrive. In this article they share why they became a WORK180 Endorsed Employer and what they are doing to ensure inclusion. Read the story.
When Arcadis surveyed their staff and found 89% wanted flexible working, Arcadis acted accordingly. Support for flexible working starts at the top with CEO and ‘Male Champion of Change’ Greg Steele working flexibly himself and setting a great example. Read the full story.
Schneider Electric is also one of few employers who pay super whilst on unpaid parental leave, an important initiative to close the gender super gap. Read the full story here.
Abbie Wright, Inclusion Manager at Aurecon explains what their Yes Flex policy means and how it benefits all employees. Read the full story.
QinetiQ Australia applied to join WORK180 but did not meet our criteria. They made a promise to work on the areas identified as needing attention and return with a new application. And that’s exactly what they did. After only a few months and a huge transformation, QinetiQ passed our criteria. Read about QinetiQ’s journey to join WORK180.
WORK180 is an international jobs network that connects smart businesses with the very best female talent. We pre-screen every employer on our jobs board to see where they stand on pay equity, flexible working, paid parental leave, equal opportunities and a range of other criteria. We also take into account diversity initiatives focusing on age, ability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
The information we uncover is made public on our website, so that everyone knows what to expect from each employer before applying for a job. We continually review and evolve our pre-screening criteria to ensure workplaces are fair and equal for everyone.