Pretty Curious role model computer coder Claire Mitchell features in EDF Energy's 360 VR film.

Science and technology jobs will grow at double the rate of other professions, report reveals

Image credit: EDF Energy

A new study commissioned by EDF Energy states that science, research, engineering and technology jobs will grow twice as fast as other those in other sectors, creating over 140,000 new jobs between now and 2023.

The Jobs of the Future report revealed that roles in these fields will grow 6 per cent compared to 3 per cent in other careers, driven by factors including digital innovation and infrastructure investment. However, even areas like retail, head offices, PR and consultancy and legal, accounting and financial services will also have high demand for science, research, engineering and technology skills between now and 2023. 

It also highlighted that important roles in the science and technology arena will include robotic engineers, data scientists, intelligence consultants, coders and geotechnical design engineers, with the most in-demand skill set being computing, required for 25 per cent of these soon-to-be-created roles.

Current figures show there will be a shortfall in the number of graduates and apprentices available to fill these roles – according to Engineering UK’s 2015 The State of Engineering Report, a shortfall of 40 per cent in the engineering sector. 

In order to ensure the UK has the skills it needs, it’s more important than ever that businesses encourage more women to consider a career in science or technology. As reported in the 2016 IET Skills Survey, women currently represent only 9 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK, the lowest percentage in Europe. 

The Jobs of the Future report was commissioned as part of EDF Energy’s Pretty Curious campaign, designed to inspire more girls to consider science and technology careers. As part of this programme the company has created a virtual reality film that immerses viewers into the worlds of three successful women working in the most in-demand STEM-related industries in 2023, the year those currently choosing their GCSEs will graduate. 

The film visits renewable energy research engineer Claire Canning on an offshore wind farm in Teesside, structural engineer Roma Agrawal at the top of the Shard, and computer coder Claire Mitchell, who introduces girls to the community of coders in a shared London workspace.

“As well as investing in digital innovation and R&D to help our customers manage their energy better, we are building the first new nuclear power station for a generation. We rely on the talents of people with a variety of STEM skills and recognise the critical need to inspire more young women to enter these fields,” said Sarah Flannigan, EDF Energy’s chief information officer.

“That is why we’re aiming to increase our intake of female STEM apprentices to 30 per cent by 2018 and we hope by using innovative technology that appeals to teens, we will reach more girls and inspire them to consider science and technology careers.” 

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