‘Spotlight on…women in construction’ campaign launched

Published:  30 November, 2017

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s industry survey has revealed that more needs to be done to change perceptions and encourage more women into construction.

While 79% of respondents said the construction industry has improved its approach in encouraging women into construction, 52% have witnessed or experienced sexism within the industry.

The campaign entitled: ‘Spotlight on...women in construction’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme to boost the much-needed industry effort to attract more women into the construction industry.

‘Spotlight on…women in construction’ pulls together the latest and greatest examples of best practice, case studies from women working across the construction industry, legal requirements, and links to useful organisations encouraging women to work in construction.

The survey findings also revealed that:

  • 94% of respondents agreed that the industry would benefit from employing more women
  • 76% said there are no construction jobs which only men can do
  • 74% said there should not be quotas for hiring women into construction.

It is clear from the survey, that although some results appear encouraging, there is still a huge amount to be done, particularly in addressing sexism and changing misguided perceptions of what a career in construction offers to women.

The survey also revealed the main reasons why women don't choose to work in the construction sector. They cited the following:

  • Working conditions – 22%
  • Lack of female role models – 22%
  • Negative image of the industry – 20%.

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