A dedicated area to help raise awareness on the key issues surrounding the current lack of diversity, promoting the business benefits of a diverse workforce and sharing best practice case studies and actionable resources.


Taking a positive approach to Diversity is a core issue for BESA, becoming more diverse can help our members overcome skills shortages, gain access to new expertise and meet the diversity requirements in many project tenders.

The adoption of modern methods of working and the emergence of Big Data and digital design techniques; along with the growing sophistication of building services technology, mean the sector desperately needs more talented young people with skills from a wider background.

But for all across the engineering sector, it’s a big challenge. Just 9% of registered UK engineers are female compared to 18% in Spain, 20% in Italy and 26% in Sweden. Yet 65% of engineering employers say a shortage of female engineers is a threat to their business and companies are 15% more likely to perform better if they are gender diverse.  

The male dominance in our sector feeds a ‘macho’ culture that in many cases, is unappealing to members of the LGBT community.

Diversity comes in many forms, ethnic minorities are also not adequately represented in our industry currently and opportunities for disabled workers are limited due to accessibility issues.  

This area has been created to further discuss issues, share best practice, provide resources and give details of industry campaigns and upcoming events relating to all aspects of diversity. We aim to continually grow this area throughout 2017 and beyond.

Shortage of women engineers ‘not just a women’s issue’

Men need to take more responsibility for the shortage of women entering engineering professions, according to the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). Speaking during International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), Professor Dame Ann Dowling said the UK had fewer female engineers than almost any other developed country in the world and that fathers, husbands and male friends had a crucial role to play in encouraging women to take up careers in technical professions.

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What's it Like Being LGBT in Engineering?

InterEngineering has partnered with Mott MacDonald and the Royal Academy of Engineering to produce a series of videos profiling LGBT engineers talking openly about their experiences of the profession and sharing their personal stories. The aim is to show those thinking of becoming engineers that being LGBT is not a barrier to a happy and successful career.

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How diversity drives business success

Views from a panel of industry experts on the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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Why diversity matters

Our Legal & Commercial director ponders if diversity is purely a moral issue or in fact the key to our sectors prosperity.

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A blueprint for measuring success

The latest CIC Diversity Benchmarking Report

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