Research finds there are fewer women in construction than first thought: According to the construction recruitment company, One Way, the number of female workers in a construction role has been found to be smaller than analysts have previously estimated.
To reach the survey findings, One Way questioned professionals from across the construction industry and revealed that 65 per cent of the respondents work in a firm where less than 5 per cent of the total workforce is comprised of women in construction roles.
Of the survey respondents, 58 per cent said that they believed that businesses are the cause of the issue and cited stereotyping during the recruitment process and lack of commitment from employers as issues.
The survey participants were also asked about the issues that women in construction face and 58 per cent said that businesses are to blame for the lack of women in construction as they allow stereotyping in recruitment processes and that businesses do not commit. Further to this, just 35 per cent said that construction just is not a desirable career choice for women.
One Way conducted the survey as part of their #GirlsAllowed campaign, which aims to encourage more women to enter the construction industry.
Of the respondents, 83 per cent said that there is a stark lack of construction career education in schools, which further intensifies the gap between females and the construction industry.
More than 80 per cent of the respondents said that they would like to personally get involved in an initiative to encourage more women to enter the construction sector.