With universities producing just 71,000 graduates in STEM fields each year, and with women in short supply, it's fair to say the situation looks dire. But while there is a known shortage, the real question is why?
To mark 23 June's National Women in Engineering day, female engineers from the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway project are visiting students to explain that being a woman isn't a barrier in an attempt to encourage them to embrace the industry as a career path.
At 52 per cent, more than half of British businesses claim to have increased the number of female technology employees that have been recruited over the past five years.
A survey has looked at the career aspirations of young women aged 18-25, and hairdressing has secured the top spot.
Women want to progress in their careers as much as businesses need to find a solution to the problem that is retaining key female talent. And according to Anna Rasmussen, founder of Open Blend Method, “the key to this solution is businesses acknowledging that productivity at work is impacted by life, and life is impacted by work”.