STEM statistics

STEM skills are crucial for the UK’s productivity; a shortage of STEM skills in the workforce is a key economic problem. The challenge of electrifying the UK economy will need to draw on every resource available. The Faraday Institution plays an active role in encouraging young people, particularly those from groups historically under-represented in STEM, to consider such a career.


References for the STEM statistics quoted in are as follows:

[1] 22% women as a percentage of the core STEM workforce. WISE 2018 workforce statistics. 

[2] 21.2% of A-level physics students are girls compared to 61.8% of biology students. Reference (p.14) 

[3] 29% of people identifying themselves as LBGTUA+ opt against having a career in STEM due to worries they would be discriminated against. Reference 

[4] 24% of graduates in STEM subjects known to be working in a STEM occupation six months later. Reference (p.4)

[5] 18% higher mean starting salary for engineering and technology graduates in the UK than graduates overall. Engineering UK 2018, The State of Engineering

[6] 28% - Black and minority ethnic men are 28% less likely to work in STEM than white men. Reference

[7] 9% of chemistry professors are womenReference

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