A survey designed by Randstad and completed by 5,500 construction workers and 540 employers across all types of job functions and levels found that 75% of those who were not given a more senior role were women, compared to 25% for men.
This survey has shown us that women are three times less likely to get a promotion than mean, and this is due to perceived gender discrimination.
The results of the survey strongly suggest that those who are women with the construction industry, usually, are not given the same opportunities to progress as their male co-workers, even though 93% said having a female manager would not affect the way they work, or that it could even have a positive impact.
The perception of the construction industry, which is stuck in its ways, was not helped by findings that highlighted nearly half (49%) of those questioned had never worked with a female manager.
Gender pay gap
Organisations with more than 250 members of staff will soon have to publish the details of their gender pay gap. The effort at transparency has arrived due to the average gender pay gap within construction stands up to 45% in favour of males.
However, while it is acknowledged the pay gap must close, 42% of businesses told Randstad they do not actively observe pay equality.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there are 29,000 job vacancies within the construction industry and with the effects of Brexit still unclear, companies are still missing an opportunity to look to women to fill leadership positions.
Almost three quarters (74%) of women within the survey were not aware of any schemes that help women progress into senior positions. This suggest that employers need to improve at offering programmes and that they also need to encourage involvement.
Construction firms said that raising the profile of existing female role models is part of the answer to bring more women into construction. Also, more work needs to be done at school level to promote construction as a rewarding and worthwhile career path for young girls and women.
Owen Goodhead, Managing Director of Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering stated: “At a time when equality and diversity is making leaps forward, construction is still playing catch up in some areas. Companies need to band together to build an environment that nurtures and rewards successful, hard working women to move up the career ladder.
“Though the number of women entering construction is slowly rising, retention is a key area that needs development. Organisations that cannot retain, develop and enhance their female workforce will be missing out on key skills, new ideas and ways of working to help keep the industry driving forward.”
View the full report here: https://www.randstad.co.uk/employers/areas-of-expertise/construction-and-property/women-in-construction/.