In a joint interview with Morgan and her fellow-panellists, Joan Bakewell, BBC pension expert, and economist Roger Bootle agreed that education was the key for the future of the UK, promising that it would remain the best in the world. A much disputed point was whether it would even continue to be among the top five countries. The universities were the biggest single place of employment in England, serving around a third of all working women and 40% of working men, Bartos said. Where universities worked well in this country was the opportunity for decent pay and good conditions at a young age.
Morgan said the UK was looking to hire 830,000 engineers over the next 10 years, and added: "All these engineers can't be men. If we want to make the most of half of our workforce, if we want to eliminate the gender pay gap and we want that same half of the workforce to succeed in jobs that boost our economy, we must make sure that teenage girls don't feel, and are certainly not told, that certain subjects are the preserve of men." d2c66b5586