Manufacturing has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, and while the number of women in manufacturing has increased in recent years, women still comprise only 30 percent of the entry-level workforce in industrial manufacturing and robotics. In leadership roles, that number is even less. Today, the industry is at a tipping point — and its future depends on attracting and retaining more women.
Why we need more women in manufacturing
Even before the pandemic, labour shortages in the manufacturing sector cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars a year. More than 80 percent of Canadian manufacturers are struggling to find enough skilled and general workers to fill open manufacturing jobs, and nearly 70 percent report production delays, having to turn down contracts, and even having to cancel capital projects.
StatCan’s latest job vacancies report revealed more than 82,500 unfilled manufacturing jobs in July alone. The sector desperately needs to hire more underrepresented groups, including women, just to survive.
Besides surviving, studies show that businesses with a diverse workforce are more innovative, adaptable, and resilient than their homogeneous competitors — absolute necessities in the manufacturing industry today. Companies with diverse leadership are more likely to outperform their competitors in terms of profitability by up to 48 percent.
Opportunities for women in manufacturing
The manufacturing and robotics job market in Canada continues to explode. With so many open positions available and no one to fill them, the opportunities for women in manufacturing and robotics—especially those with STEM education or work experience—are endless.
There are also a lot of different roles to fill in a manufacturing facility—including those in Production, Warehousing, Sales, Logistics & Supply Chain, Human Resources, Design & Engineering, Machine Build & Development, and Automation Systems—and thus a lot of opportunity for movement, career growth and development.
Why more women in STEM choose Innovative Automation
Despite improvements in recent years, women in traditionally male-dominated careers like manufacturing and robotics still face several challenges. Microaggressions and the “broken rung” syndrome, where women are promoted to leadership positions at much lower rates than men, can stall forward career progression.
It’s also increasingly important for women to work for companies that prioritize flexibility, diversity, inclusion and well-being. Studies show that women in leadership are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to leave a company for more flexibility or to work for a company with a culture of wellness and inclusion.
Maybe that’s why more women in STEM choose to grow their careers with Innovative Automation, a leading automation solutions provider with headquarters in Barrie, Ontario.
Every member of the Innovative Automation team is empowered to share their ideas and creativity, and we place a high value on fostering an environment of respect and trust. We listen to, invest in, and support our employees, offering advanced skills training, opportunities for advancement, and benefits, including flex-time, RRSP matching, and extended healthcare benefits. Learn more about our culture and perks.
We’re committed to employee health and wellness, and we go beyond table stakes to actively tackle the stereotyping and microaggressions that keep women out of manufacturing. We’re proud to have been named Globe and Mail’s Employee Recommended Workplace four years in a row.
Ready to become one of our innovators? View open positions at Innovative Automation.