The State of Women in Construction
When you think of any male-dominated industry, construction is probably the first job that comes to mind.
Of all the people who work in construction, women comprise only a small nine percent of the workforce. Even smaller is the number of women directly working on the front lines of a construction site—there is only one woman for every 100 employees on the field.
These are several factors that explain this enormous gender gap, from unconscious gender bias to lack of adequate training to overall perceptions of women working in a “man’s world.” Despite these barriers, women continue to build their path in the industry – according to Randstad, nearly one-third of companies promoted a woman to a senior position last year. As the need for skilled construction workers grows to 1.6 million people in the next five years, companies are looking to recruit more women to bring their skill sets into the field.
So, what is the current state of women in construction? To answer this question, we compiled key statistics and examined the backgrounds of female leaders from around the construction industry. Check out the infographic below to learn more.
Our study shows that although women are still underrepresented, they are making significant progress in becoming leaders. A substantial portion of female executives and construction managers have been in their roles in the last 5 years, suggesting that companies are more recently promoting women to leadership roles. Furthermore, companies and associations are increasing their efforts to promote women in their organizations and educate young women about the benefits of working in the industry.
There is still much work to be done to fully include women in construction. To increase recruitment and improve retention, companies need to acknowledge and remove gender bias from their work culture, develop training programs and mentorship groups specific to the needs of women, include more females in the hiring process, and encourage women to become leaders and role models for other women.
With women chipping away at gendered norms and leveling the playing field, the industry can make bigger steps toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive space for future generations.
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