125% increase in female mechanics since 2011 – WhoCanFixMyCar.com
The number of female mechanics working in the UK has risen by 125 per cent since 2011, accounting for almost 10 per cent of the current workforce. This statistic was released by online car garage and repair marketplace WhoCanFixMyCar.com, which also announced that it will launch a female mechanic awareness scheme, in partnership with its garages, to celebrate International Women’s Day and encourage more women into the field.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com asked its garage network if they employed any women as mechanics, and if so how many. Almost a tenth (9 per cent) of the garages and repair centres answered that they employ a female mechanic, compared to just under four per cent in 2011. 93 per cent of garages surveyed indicated a positive impact from their female mechanic team. In response to the survey results and to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March, WhoCanFixMyCar.com will launch an awareness scheme for young girls and women, by working with its network of 11,000 garages to find them opportunities. Budding female mechanics considering a move into the industry can register their interest with WhoCanFixMyCar.com here.
WhoCanFixMyCar.com is an online car garage and repair marketplace connecting 11,000 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK. The site has 1m users and recently processed more than 155,000 quotes through the site in one month.
Alistair Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said: “A recent statistic showed that there are now more female drivers on the road than male in the UK, so I’m not surprised to see that the number of female mechanics is also growing – it’s something we’re delighted to see and it should be actively encouraged.
“We also see time and time again that key decision makers within these businesses are female. They are helping support and grow these businesses as much as anybody.
“What our research shows is that change is happening. There is absolutely no reason why women can’t forge a great career within the industry, they just need the opportunity and encouragement, which is why we’re working with the garages on our platform to employ female apprentices.
“We’re confident that with this approach, in another couple of years we’ll see the number of female mechanics increase again.”