The Scheme launches ‘Spotlight on… women in construction’

The latest ‘Spotlight on…’ campaign examines the under-representation of women in construction and why contractors should be addressing the gender imbalance in the industry.

A survey conducted by the Scheme received over 1000 responses from male and female construction professionals. It was found that 52% had witnessed or experienced sexism in the industry. However, a further 79% of respondents said that in recent years the industry has improved its approach to encouraging women into construction.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said:

On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the ‘Spotlight on…women in construction’ campaign. The Campaign provides a must-read set of resources for organisations and individuals who would like to improve their standards of considerate construction – with the aim of driving greater equality, diversity and inclusion throughout our industry.

Not only is it imperative that standards must be raised in this area in order to help encourage more people into the industry, a more equal and diverse workforce also brings greater collaboration, creative thinking and more inclusive workplaces – which can only be a positive step in helping to improve the image of the UK and Irish construction industry.

The Scheme continues to push construction sites to ensure that the reality of being on site is one which is welcoming and suitably-equipped with the necessary facilities for all. It is only through these practical steps that the construction industry can achieve true equality, diversity and inclusivity.

The campaign provides a go-to resource, assembling useful information, links to external organisations, examples of best practice and case studies featuring women in the industry. The women interviewed by the Scheme range from on-site trainees to senior engineers involved in major infrastructure projects.

The industry has come a long way in recent years and many more women are now working in construction, but there is still work to be done to improve diversity.

Click here to read the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on… women in construction’

Survey results:

94% said the industry would benefit from employing more women.

79% said the industry has improved its approach to encouraging women into construction.

76% said there are no construction jobs which only men can do.

74% said there should not be quotas for hiring women into construction

52% have witnessed or experienced sexism within the construction industry

When asked the most important reason women do not choose to work in construction, 22% said working conditions, 22% said lack of female role models and 20% said negative image of the industry.