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As staffing shortages continue to soar, Randstad has discovered that just a quarter of women working in the manufacturing, warehouse and production industries want to stay in this sector. 

Women currently make up just 26% of the manufacturing workforce (ONS, 2021) and there remains a pressing need for a commitment to gender diversity to attract more women into the industry, in turn combatting worker shortages. In this report we examine what it will take for businesses to both attract and retain workers over the coming years.

Key findings:

Randstad’s research, which consulted almost 700 manufacturing, production and warehouse workers, reveals women's key motivators:

  • women are almost twice as likely to want to leave the manufacturing, production or warehouse industries than men with improved career opportunities and better salaries being the top reasons. 
  • long term stability is more likely to motivate a female worker to apply for a job than the salary advertised.
  • women are much more likely than men to be in need of public transport or a shuttle bus to their place of work

Download our report to read the full results from our research. 

recruiting women in the manufacturing industry report
recruiting women in the manufacturing industry report
about the author

Carlo Girasoli

randstad inhouse services

Randstad Inhouse Services deliver tailored end-to-end onsite recruitment solutions working in partnership with our clients from 100+ on-site locations throughout the UK. From manufacturing and production environments to call centres and courier services, their MSP model drives efficiency, productivity and flexibility.