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Equal Opportunities

Gender

  • Less than 1% of the skilled workforce is female.
  • 26% of firms employ women in technical roles. Many companies state that they do not receive applications from this group but would be prepared to employ them if they did.
  • Yorkshire and Humber perform well in diversity across the sector compared to other regions, recruiting a higher percentage of women and employees from ethnic minority groups.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010 and Summitskills Sector Skills Agreement All England final report 2008


Age

  • Across all sub-sectors, 63% of the workforce is aged 35-54 years and 45% of people in training are aged 16-24 years.
  • In electrical and electronic servicing, the average age of the workforce is around 45 years with those working with “brown goods” being older than those working with “white goods”. The average age of engineers in the industry is in the mid-40s.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010


Ethnicity

  • 3% of the workforce is from an ethnic minority background.
  • 1.4% of the workforce is from Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi backgrounds.
  • 22% of firms also have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • 25% of firms stated that they currently employ migrant workers, with 67% of firms in London and 35% in Scotland (35%).

Access to English for Speakers of Other Language courses and health & safety training is also needed to enable clear communication and safe working onsite.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010 and Summitskills Sector Skills Agreement All England final report 2008


Migrant workers

  • 25% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present, with London (67%) and Scotland (35%) being at the highest end of the scale.
  • Qualification mapping is needed for migrant workers to enable them to receive the correct and fair rates of pay.
  • Access to English for Speakers of Other Language courses and health & safety training is also needed to enable clear communication and safe working onsite.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010 and Summitskills Sector Skills Agreement All England final report 2008