Women in the heating industry – why aren’t there more?

Of more than 9,000 OFTEC registered technicians, fewer than 30 are female. Perhaps some readers will be surprised it’s even that many, whilst others will feel, like OFTEC, that the number should be much higher. Particularly given the shortage of skilled heating engineers, it’s perhaps disappointing that more women haven’t seen the many potential advantages of this career choice – especially those that are not inspired by the thought of office work!

According to a recent survey of 2,000 people by the Federation of Master Builders, nearly two-thirds of the general public do not have a preference as to whether a tradesperson is male or female, but 35% of women favoured hiring females for numerous reasons, such as the perception that they might be more respectful of their homes (51%) or have better attention to detail than men (30%). 42% of female respondents also said they . . .

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