In 2017, around 7,000 engineers responded to a survey from the Royal Academy of Engineering to increase understanding of the culture of engineering, the extent to which it is inclusive of diverse groups and what could be done to make it more so. Findings from the survey were published in a report titled Creating cultures where all engineers thrive. The report focuses on the extent to which engineers feel included on grounds of gender, ethnicity, age and company size.

Additional reporting on the inclusion of engineers in relation to religion, sexual orientation and disability is included in the section below. Information on demographics of those who responded can be found here. 

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Inclusion of disabled engineers

Disabled respondents were slightly more likely to be female and older than their non-disabled colleagues, and to work flexibly. However, 21% reported planning to leave the profession, or were undecided about doing so for reasons other than retirement, within the next 12 months, compared to those without a disability (13%).

Inclusive Cultures analysis: disability (161.67 KB)


Inclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) engineers

Over half of LGB and ‘other’ engineers (54%) who responded to the survey were aged 26 to 45. A higher proportion of LGB engineers (15%) compared to heterosexual engineers (9%) were graduates. LGB engineers are less likely to say ‘I can be open about my sexual orientation’ - 55% lesbian, 48% gay, 53% bisexual compared to 90% heterosexual.

Inclusive Cultures analysis: sexual orientation (167.55 KB)


Inclusion of engineers from different religious backgrounds

The two largest groups of engineers who responded to the survey are those with no religion (49%) and Christians (41%). Muslim respondents are most likely to say they have experienced bullying or harassment in the past 12 months (26%) compared to Hindu (17%), Christian (14%) or respondents with no religion (13%). 

Inclusive cultures analysis: religion (185.69 KB)