Data from the Office for National Statistics and industry surveys show that the number of women in construction has not increased significantly despite attempts to increase female representation.
Women in construction
At the end of 2016, approximately 27 million people were working in the UK. The divide between men and women was nearly 50-50. However, 2.3 million had jobs in the construction industry and only 296,000 were women. In this case, the split is 87-13. It’s an alarming wake-up call.
The ONS data shows that the percentage of women in construction is scarcely higher than it was before the recession, despite the industry’s active efforts to attract new recruits and access wider talent pools.
Additional surveys from trade bodies and contractors review that the gender pay gap is growing and women aren’t really aware of the different opportunities that the construction industry can offer.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, women represented only 12.8% of the construction workforce. While there has been some post-recession improvement, the proportion of women in construction has grown only slightly: in the fourth quarter of 2007, they represented 12.1% of the workforce.