At the annual conference in Brighton, the GMB Construction Trade Union revealed some startling estimations for the future of gender equality within the industry.
The prediction states that, at the current growth rate, the number of female employees won’t be equal to the number of male employees until the year 2194.
Out of all industries in the UK, construction is currently very far down on the scale, with this statement weighing down on the position even further.
Since 2009, the industry has seen a rise of 60,972 working women. However, as a proportion of the overall work force, women increased by only 2.1% from 10.4% in 2009 to 12.5% in 2018.
Jude Brimble, GMB’s national secretary, said: “Our analysis is a sobering reminder of the scale of the challenge facing the industry. As a union we are committed to advancing the cause of gender equality in all industries. That’s why we have arranged our ground-breaking Hinkley Point summit.”
Andy Colquhoun, chief executive of Doosan Babcock, explained: “Historically, the engineering and construction industry in the UK has been male-dominated; Doosan Babcock’s drive in relation to diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a core element of our education, attraction and recruitment programmes.