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Celebrating 2017 International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day marks an important day for engineers across the globe, as well as our business. The occasion focuses on the amazing careers of women in engineering, the importance of continuing to encourage more women to join the profession and is a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our peers.

 

2017 recipients of the Women in Engineering Scholarship at UNSW (left to right: Amy Ellison, Guy Templeton, Kathleen Rome).

ABS statistics show women currently make up around 11.8 per cent of the total engineering workforce in Australia. Other compelling research indicates there are tangible, positive links between female leadership and better organisational performance.  Clearly, there’s more work to be done to promote the benefits and opportunities of working in engineering. Translating this into improved opportunities for females to join our profession is key so that engineering businesses continue to benefit from the outcomes that a balanced and diverse workforce brings.

WSP’s Diversity Council Chair, Kirsten Ruckert says, “By acknowledging the vast statistical differential and by promoting engineering as a profession to women it will provide greater benefits for our people and our business. A balanced workforce gives us diversity of thought and skill, and it mirrors the composition of our client organisations. Looking through a broader lens, approximately half of society is female and in the highly competitive employee market we need to be able to tap into the entire talent pool (of both genders), that’s how we will become a market leader and create the communities of tomorrow.”

WSP President & CEO, Australia and New Zealand,Guy Templeton, shares his thoughts on Gender Balance:

WSP in Australia and New Zealand have the following programs in place for both male and female employees to support gender balance in our business. 

  • Parental leave entitlements for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Flexible working options.
  • Involvement in gender diversity advocacy programs with industry associations such as Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, Engineers New Zealand, Property Council of Australia, Property Council of New Zealand and The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
  • WSP 'Women in Engineering' scholarships at the University of Queensland ($8,000) and University of New South Wales ($10,000).
  • Support and encouragement to participate in leading industry award programs such as the NAWIC Awards.
  • Female Recruitment campaign, #engineeredHERway profiling the talented individuals in our business
  • Our current review of salaries to bridge the remaining gap between men and women, and our commitment to ensure that new employees are paid equally, regardless of gender. 

Ms Ruckert concludes, “Gender balance is about being inclusive. It’s a business issue we are passionate about. We acknowledge that we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equity but we are committed to reaching a balanced outcome.”

Click here for more information about our current gender diversity programs.

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