The UK’s R&D gender steadiness is lagging behind EU international locations not historically related to being pioneering, a research by specialist tax aid agency Catax reveals.

Catax analysed the ratio of girls to males working in analysis and growth throughout the EU’s 28 member states and located the UK has climbed 4 locations to ninth prior to now decade.

Nonetheless, Britain nonetheless trails surprisingly modern nations reminiscent of Latvia (ranked first), Romania (second) and Slovakia (sixth).

There may be some constructive information, the UK’s proportion of girls working in R&D has risen by 2.9% from 35.7% to 38.6% in ten years. Over the identical time interval, the common proportion of girls in R&D throughout the 28 international locations has risen by simply 1.eight%, going from 34.four% in 2005 to 36.2% in 2015.

Latvia, which took the highest spot in 2005 and 2015, was the one EU nation the place the variety of girls within the workforce was larger than males, with 51.02% of researchers in R&D being feminine.

The UK was not the one EU big to be caught quick within the research. Germany was floundering on the backside of the rankings, rating 26th in 2005 after which 25th in 2015 while France ranked 26th and the Netherlands ranked backside of the desk in 28th place in 2015.

Rank Nation Feminine % of R&D workforce 2005 Rank Nation Feminine % of R&D workforce 2015
1 Latvia 51.6 1 Latvia 51
2 Romania 45.three 2 Romania 46.2
three Portugal 44.four three Iceland 45.7
four Russia 42.four four Portugal 44.1
5 Slovakia 41.5 5 Estonia 43.9
6 Estonia 40.eight 6 Slovakia 42.2
7 Iceland 39.three 7 Russia 40.three
eight Poland 39.three eight Spain 40
9 Spain 36.7 9 United Kingdom 38.6
10 Greece 36.four 10 Greece 38
11 Turkey 36.1 11 Norway 37.four
12 Sweden 35.eight 12 Turkey 37.three
13 United Kingdom 35.7 13 Poland 37
14 Slovenia 34.eight 14 Slovenia 36.5
15 Hungary 34.2 15 Italy 36


Catax CEO, Mark Tighe, commented: So-called minnows on the EU industrial panorama are literally main the best way with regards to feminine illustration within the R&D workforce.

“A few of Europe’s big-hitters like Germany are falling quick, and as Europe’s second largest financial system, many will really feel extra must be completed to encourage larger numbers of girls into R&D within the UK too.

“Disparities like this converse to every kind of components that contribute to a rustic’s financial wellbeing, together with training, equality and employment protections.

“The massive query is whether or not we are able to determine what’s holding the UK again quick sufficient to make a distinction.”

(Supply: Catax)