A survey among female oil and gas engineers shows that almost half believe they do not get the same recognition as their male colleagues.
The survey – "Attracting and Retaining Women in Oil and Gas Engineer", which was released Wednesday by recruitment firm NES Global Talent – found that although 75 percent of women engineers feel welcome in the oil and gas industry, 45 percent of them want the same recognition as male engineers.
Despite this, more than four-fifths of the 272 respondents to the survey said that they plan to stay in the industry during the next two-to-five years.
NES said that the survey highlighted the need for the industry to improve the provision of mentors, recognize workers equally and promote the benefits of girls and young women studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in schools and universities if it is to attract and retain female workers. 95 percent of the respondents believe mentors are important for career advancement in the oil and gas industry, yet 42 percent said they were neither a mentor nor a mentee.
NES Global Talent CEO Neil Tregarthen commented in a company statement:
"The encouraging news is that the vast majority of female employees feel welcome in the sector and say they would recommend a career in oil and gas engineering to others. However, 45% say they do not get the same recognition as men. There may be issues of perception and reality here, but undoubtedly the topic needs to be better managed, if the sector is to become more attractive to women.
"Many respondents said they are paid less, have fewer opportunities than their male counterparts and have to work harder than men to prove themselves and again there are clear improvements to be made, if the oil and gas sector is to attract larger numbers of female engineers in the future."
This latest survey into women engineers follows December's Review of Engineering Skills by the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills that highlighted that for the UK to develop the engineering skills it needs in the long term, the right messages about opportunities in engineering need to reach people at a young age and girls in particular.
Rigzone released its own report in December that showed that female representation in the global oil and gas industry is on the rise.
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