Balancing the men to women ratio in the nuclear industry would “increase profitability”, it was claimed today.
Speaking at an event for women in the nuclear sector, Eve Guilloton, Head of European Search and Recruitment Business for Thomas Thor said there were many studies to show gender diversity could boost revenue for businesses.
She told the audience about recent research by the nuclear recruitment firm which found that a good “work-life balance” would help to secure more women in nuclear jobs.
She added: “It’s sometimes difficult for companies, they could be a bit flexible about working hours.”
Helen Higgs, HR Director of Areva agreed flexible hours and child care options could be key to balancing the ratio of men and women in the industry. She said: “Women are often the main carers for children.”
It is estimated that women make up less than 10% of the UK industry and by 2022 around one million engineering jobs will be needed.