The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes today’s final report of the Parker Review, which captures the ethnic diversity challenge faced by UK Boards. The research is timely and reinforces why ethnic diversity (and diversity in general) is an essential foundation for successful businesses in the 21st century.

The UK engineering population is 94% white and 91% male, and ethnic diversity in the UK population is predicted to rise from 14% ethnic minority in 2011 to 30% by 2050. This changing demographic picture clearly shows that greater focus on ethnic diversity in engineering is already a strategic business priority for addressing the existing skills shortage and its importance is increasing.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Deputy Chief Executive and Diversity & Inclusion Champion for the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “The Academy works closely with employers across the profession to enhance diversity and inclusion at all levels and we fully endorse the Parker Review and support its conclusions. The review contains clear, sensible and actionable recommendations, which we believe should be heeded by all companies, not just those in FTSE100 and 250 companies.

“We recognise that the representation of ethnic minorities on UK Boards of engineering companies reflects, or is lower than, that presented by the Parker Review report and therefore the engineering sector must respond to the findings of the review.”

Notes for Editors

1.    The Academy published a report last month calling for profession-wide culture change and regular benchmarking of progress in order to create a truly inclusive culture within the UK engineering profession: Creating cultures where all engineers thrive.

2.    Sir John Parker GBE FREng was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2014.

3.    Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering

T: 020 7766 0636

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