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07 Mar 2024



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In 2023, the United Kingdom's construction industry witnessed a significant milestone with 15.8% of its workforce being female, a notable 3.2% increase since the pre-pandemic era, according to the Office for National Statistics(ONS). With over 340,000 women contributing their skills and expertise, the sector is undergoing a positive transformation.

However, challenges persist, prompting a closer look at what's holding women back and the encouraging changes within the industry to make construction a more appealing career choice for women.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the current landscape and the challenges faced by women, while welcoming the positive transformation that’s already underway.

The statistics paint a promising picture, showcasing a growing number of women finding their place in the traditionally male-dominated construction industry. This 3.2% increase is not merely a numerical change but a testament to the industry's evolving nature and the recognition of the valuable contributions women bring to the construction workforce.


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Challenges Faced by Women in Construction 

However, while progress is evident, it's crucial to address the hurdles that continue to hinder greater female representation in construction. Stereotypes and gender biases often dissuade women from pursuing careers in this field. In addition, a lack of visibility and limited mentorship opportunities can make it challenging for women to envision a long-term and successful career in construction. 

Workplace culture and safety concerns also contribute to the hesitancy among women to enter the construction sector. Breaking down these barriers requires a concerted effort from both the industry and society as a whole. 


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Change is on its waydespite the challenges, the construction industry is actively working to create a more inclusive environment.

Here are some positive changes and initiatives that are making a difference:

Diversity and Inclusion Programs:  

Many construction companies are implementing diversity and inclusion programs to create a welcoming workplace culture. These initiatives aim to foster an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, feels valued and supported. 

Mentorship Opportunities:  

Recognising the importance of mentorship, the industry is increasingly providing mentorship programs to help women navigate their careers in construction. These programs connect experienced professionals with newcomers, offering guidance and support. 

Educational Outreach:  

To address the pipeline issue, efforts are being made to encourage girls and young women to consider careers in construction. Educational outreach programs and partnerships with schools aim to break down stereotypes and showcase the diverse opportunities within the industry. 

Equal Pay Advocacy:  

The construction sector is making strides in ensuring equal pay for equal work. Addressing wage gaps is crucial for attracting and retaining talented women in the industry. 

As the construction industry in the UK experiences a positive shift towards greater gender diversity, acknowledging the challenges and actively implementing changes is key to sustaining this momentum. By dismantling stereotypes, fostering inclusive workplace cultures and providing supportive initiatives, the industry is laying the foundation for a future where women in construction not only thrive but become integral to the sector's success.  


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