There is a huge gap between the number of people with STEM skills and the number of roles across the sector that need to be filled. As the STEM sector expands, this gap will widen further. For the UK to maintain global competitiveness, it is imperative for businesses and government to work together to address the skills shortfall.
Very few of those currently working in STEM occupations in the UK are women. Tapping into the pool of female talent will be key to helping ensure the future success of this sector. And research shows that businesses perform better with a more diverse workforce and more women in senior management.
In 2018, we collaborated with other biotech and pharmaceutical companies to deliver ‘Balance the SySTEM’, working in partnership with the UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) and UK Women’s Business Council (WBC) to provide support, guidance, and practical tools to help small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in STEM offer a more gender-balanced work environment.
We prioritised this work to reinforce the value of sharing best practice in championing diversity and inclusion in STEM, and saw value in providing practical and implementable tools, validated in the large company setting, to smaller organisations wishing to make positive changes to improve diversity. Click here to download the report.