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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.
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