Fewer than one in 10 engineering professionals in Britain are women, the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU.
The findings are published in a Government-commissioned review, which says more must be done to encourage young people, particularly girls, to take up the profession.
The review says this may be down to girls' A-level choices, their perceptions of engineering and gender stereotypes in the careers advice students receive.
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