If the construction industry wants to thrive into the future, we have to work harder to persuade women to bring their attributes and abilities to our industry.
Let’s start with the business case. Construction is facing a massive skills shortage in the next few years. According to a report published by Arcadis
in February 2019, the UK construction industry will need to recruit over 400,000 people each year until 2021.That’s equivalent to one person every 77 seconds! Why would we try to recruit for these jobs from only half the workforce?
On a macro level, research by McKinsey, PWC and others show that companies with a gender balance are more financially successful. They manage risk better and have a happier and healthier workforces.
If you are a woman, starting out on your career, or perhaps wanting a career change, or returning to work after a break, you might ask: “Isn’t it all muddy boots, bad language and long days out on cold building sites?” But it’s not like that at all. Nowadays, we are becoming highly digitised. Your main piece of equipment is likely to be an iPad .