Women in Construction
The construction industry has historically been male-dominated, with women making up a small percentage of the workforce. Thankfully, in recent years, there has been a growing trend in construction towards greater gender diversity with women entering the field at all levels, from entry-level positions to executive leadership roles.
The construction industry has traditionally been seen as physically demanding and challenging, requiring long hours and hard work. These factors have contributed to an imbalanced perception that the industry is not suitable for women. Throughout the industry steps are being taken to dispel this stereotype as more women enter it and prove that they are capable of performing the same tasks as men.
Women are now being recruited into a wide range of construction-related roles, from architects and engineers to project managers, site managers, and tradespeople. In some cases, they are also starting their own construction businesses, bringing new perspectives and ideas to the industry.
There are several reasons why women are increasingly attracted to the construction industry
- a growing demand for skilled workers in the construction sector, and women are being recognised as a valuable source of talent
- many women are drawn to the industry because it offers a variety of career opportunities and the chance to work on interesting and challenging projects
- a growing awareness of the need for gender diversity in the workplace, and many construction companies are actively seeking to increase the number of women in their workforce
- construction companies are looking at better ways to empower their women, offering flexible working and career break opportunities, together with Inspiring Women programmes
The increasing presence of women in the construction industry is a positive trend that is helping to drive greater gender diversity and equality. By breaking down stereotypes and challenging biases, women are helping to create a more inclusive and welcoming industry that values their contributions and supports their career growth.
There is still a lot of work to be done and we will continue to play our role in empowering and inspiring women and seeking greater parity in the industry.
We are proud of the women that work for our company and are empathetic and mindful of the challenges they may face in this industry. Our women work in a variety of roles including quantity surveyor, document controller, trainee plumber, accounts and finance management and administration. Many of these roles involve regular visits to our project sites, which are predominantly male dominated. However we ensure that everyone is welcomed on site, irrespective of gender or status, and that everyone is given an equal opportunity to training and development and career progression.