Telecoms giant BT has launched a new drive to increase the number of women engineers it employs.
The company said it will take positive measures to recruit more women after a study showed that 97% of its engineers were men.
The firm’s Openreach division – which maintains networks across the UK – is putting measures in place to increase flexible working practices, job sharing and child-friendly hours. It will also attempt to tackle the perception that engineering is too dominated by males.
Andrew Jones, managing director, north, and diversity champion at Openreach, said: “In many areas, Openreach has a significantly diverse workforce to be proud of – 40% of our executive committee are women.
“We are keen to replicate this success in our engineering community. The initiative demonstrates our strong commitment to finding more ways to encourage more women to consider joining Openreach as an engineer.”