19 May Gender balance alarmingly low in UK energy sector – Power Engineering International
A new report released by PwC and POWERful Women states the UK power industry is lacking in gender diversity in its senior ranks, with year-on-year figures on female representation remaining alarmingly low.
The State of the nation report states that this lack of diversity and talent lowers companies’ ability to innovate and meet the urgent challenges of the energy transition as greater diversity and inclusion in decision-making teams produces better business outcomes.
To achieve the UK government’s net-zero goals, some 400,000 people are required to be recruited over the next 30 years and as such a significant amount needs to be female workers, the report urges. This will enable more innovative ideas to be incorporated into the sector resulting in it doubling, a vital requirement to meet the country’s 2050 decarbonisation goals, states the report.
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