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December 2014

Issue 34



The Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on...’ aims

to look at different areas associated

with improving the image of

construction, and hopes to raise

awareness among registered sites,

companies and suppliers on how

they can help with the issue.

A CITB survey, conducted earlier

in 2014 and answered by over

500 construction professionals,

revealed that sexist, racist, and

homophobic language is not

simply still a problem on sites

and in the construction industry

as a whole, but is unfortunately

still quite prevalent. The survey

discovered that:

• 61% had heard sexist language

at work in the past year, and 14%

said they heard it once a week or


• More than half (53%) of

respondents had heard racist

language at work in the past 12

months and 14% claimed to have

Spotlight on... language

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is pleased to publish its new ‘Spotlight on...’

initiative which focuses on the use of inappropriate, offensive and foul language.

heard racist language at least

once a week

• Almost half (48%) of workers had

heard homophobic language

in the past year, while 13% had

heard it at least once a week

• 51% reported hearing ageist

language in the past 12 months,

with 11% claiming to hear it once

a week or more

The Government’s Construction

2025 strategy sets out a clear vision

of where the industry should be by

2025, stating that people are one of

the key factors in ensuring future

growth. The industry needs to

attract a diverse workforce through

demonstrating a commitment to

equality, which includes people

communicating with others with

the same respect that they expect

themselves. It is therefore essential

that everyone working in the

industry understands the effect

that using inappropriate, offensive

and foul language can have on

the image of the industry, and as a

consequence, its ability to attract

the very best talent.

‘Spotlight on... language’ provides

the industry with access to a wealth

of advice and useful information,

case studies and links to other

organisations and bodies which

will enable anyone to find out more

about language, and help prevent

its misuse.

Through taking action to help

tackle the issues highlighted under

‘Spotlight on...’, the construction

industry can play an important

role in making a difference, and

ultimately, improve its image.

For more information on

Spotlight on... language, please


here .