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of the top 89 UK headquartered energy companies have no women on their boards. (2014 61%)
of board seats in the energy sector are held by women. (2014 9%)
of companies have at least 25% female board representation. (2014 7%)
It’s a turbulent time in the UK energy industry. The dramatic fall in oil prices, the reduction in subsidies for renewables and uncertainty surrounding the UK’s nuclear projects have all played a part.
However, one thing has stayed the same; the very low proportion of women in senior positions in UK energy companies.
The latest analysis shows that despite widespread recognition of the benefits of gender equality, there has been a marked lack of progress in the number of females in senior energy positions over the last 12 months. However everyone we have spoken to acknowledges that things can and need to change.
“When we launched our Igniting Change report last year there was widespread shock at the low numbers recorded and recognition of the strong focus needed to drive change across organisations, from developing a sustainable pipeline of young women recruits to strong female leaders."
So what is different about the energy sector and why is it so difficult to change it? Part of the answer comes down to the sector’s history - heavy-engineering has traditionally been male-dominated. But in 2016, how valid a reason is that? And are companies, their leaders and their HR functions doing enough to counterbalance this? Building on last year’s research, we have examined what each group can do to make this happen.
“I really fear that Energy is standing still while many other sectors are now making progress, and at a time when Energy needs diversity more than ever. We need leaders to show real leadership, they are the key.”
Women's networks and groups
Setting the tone from the top
Introducing blind searches/recruitment processes
Marketing Manager - Energy, Utilities & Mining, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 2451