The UK is on target to employ 1M women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) roles by 2020, according to new research from WISE, the UK STEM gender equality campaign group.

The news was announced at the WISE 2018 Awards on November 15 by HRH Princess Anne, the campaign’s patron, who said that the goal was achievable as long as employers endeavoured to recruit at least half of the estimated 200,000 girls currently studying STEM subjects.

Considering that between 2017 and 2018 the number of female STEM employees rose from 864,000 to 908,000, this certainly looks achievable. WISE’s CEO, Helen Wollaston, echoed Princess Anne’s call to action, encouraging employers to “follow the great example” set by the WISE award winners, who “have managed to get more women into engineering and technology, removed barriers preventing women moving up through the ranks and seen the benefits of doing so in terms of improved business performance.”

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