A quarter of construction jobs in the UK are expected to be held by women by 2020, according to new research from recruiter Randstad CPE.
Presently, women are increasingly filling senior roles with 45 per cent of women holding more than 10 years’ experience in the industry and one in five construction positions are held by a woman.
Owen Goodhead, MD of Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering, said: “Construction is about laying the foundations of a prosperous future. So the industry can’t afford to be stuck in the past.
“In a rapidly expanding industry, every ounce of ability needs to be harnessed. Companies that are addressing the issues facing women in the workplace will have access to a greater pool of talent, and will be able to make the most of the opportunity on offer in a fresh climate of growth.
“Businesses that exclude women, even accidentally, will feel the effect on the bottom line.”
But the findings say a “cultural revolution” must occur for the UK to overcome stereotypes and misconceptions which are stopping women achieve their full potential in the field.
In 2015, 74 per cent of women in the industry said they had faced discrimination or prejudice at some point in their working life.
Of those, 64 per cent said it took the form of inappropriate comments or behaviour from a male colleague.
Owen Goodhead and Helen Mason, General Counsel for the Morgan Sindall Group, joined Wake Up London to discuss the state of the construction industry and the study’s findings.