FEATURE
WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING
“[In the manufacturing
sector] a human
resource remains
untapped: women.”
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their perspectives.
Respondent Recommendations
“Improve the external image of the indus-
try” was survey respondents’ number-one
recommendation for manufacturers look-
ing to improve their ability to attract, re-
tain and advance women.
Problems perceived (female perspec-
tive) include:
• Only 20 percent of respondents believe
that manufacturing currently does a
good job of presenting itself to female
candidates;
• More than half (51 percent surveyed) cite
the perception of a male-favored culture
to be the main driver in the underrepre-
sentation of women in manufacturing;
• Eighty percent of respondents believe
that manufacturers need to improve ef-
forts to recruit women.
Tap a Resource
Unfilled jobs amount to an increasing cri-
sis, one that the sector needs to address
head on. Future success is at risk.
Tap the untapped resource, Deloitte ad-
vises. The organization outlines steps man-
ufacturers should take now to attract,
recruit, retain and promote female workers.
• Start at the Top – There is a sense that
historical gender bias has excluded
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WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING
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Key Insights from
Experienced,
Educated Female
Professionals
Of the women surveyed, 66 percent
have more than 15 years work
experience, while 40 percent hold
managerial or supervisory positions.
More than 80 percent have
post-secondary education. Twenty
percent have achieved a technical
credential. As a group, they
expressed cautious optimism
about manufacturing’s ability to
increase its share of female talent.
Overall, the women surveyed were
pleased with the quality of jobs in
manufacturing: More than 75
percent agreed that a manufac-
turing career is stimulating –
thus rewarding. Participants
highlighted compensation (37
percent) and opportunities for
challenging assignments (34
percent) as the top reasons to
remain. Significantly, more than
half of the women surveyed
revealed that if they were starting
their careers today, they would
pursue a job in manufacturing.
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