According to a new poll conducted by a leading business insurance website, over three-quarters of employers in the construction sector have seen an increase in the number of women working in traditionally male jobs over the last year.
Furthermore, ‘earning potential’ and ‘apprenticeship opportunities’ emerged as the most popular reasons why the women polled chose a construction career.
As part of the research, the team at www.constructaquote.com polled 874 construction company owners and employers with at least ten years of experience, as well as 503 female construction workers currently employed in the industry. All respondents in each group were 18 or older and currently work full-time in the United Kingdom.
Initially, construction employers were asked if they currently employ any women in construction roles within their businesses, with only 22% stating that they do. The majority (63 percent) of the remaining 78 percent of employers said they would welcome female workers within their companies, while 38 percent said they would be cautious of how hiring a female would differ from hiring a male, but would still hire a woman if she was the best candidate for a position.
After that, all employers were asked, “Have you noticed an increase in the number of females showing interest in, applying for, or securing jobs at your company in the last year?” The vast majority of respondents (76 percent) agreed with this statement.
When a group of female construction workers was asked if they had ever felt prejudiced or discriminated against since choosing their careers, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) admitted that they had. When asked if they had noticed an increase in the number of females looking for work in the industry, the majority (62 percent) agreed.
“As with many traditionally male-dominated professions, there is still a widely accepted assumption that jobs in construction are simply not meant for females,” said Lyndon Wood, CEO and creator of constructaquote.com. To be honest, I couldn’t disagree more with this stereotype, and I would actively encourage any young woman interested in a career in the industry to pursue it and change the opinions of those around you by excelling in your chosen trade. Our findings indicate that positive steps are already being taken, and we hope that as more women secure good jobs in the industry, it will become more socially recognised.”
“With widely reported recent findings indicating a shortage of skills needed in the UK construction industry, it surely makes sense for employers and industry leaders to start actively encouraging women to start careers in such trades as plumbing, carpentry, and painting and decorating in order to boost the industry in years to come,” he continued.