We need to brick up sexism say women in construction

We need to brick up sexism say women in construction

WE NEED TO BRICK UP SEXISM SAY WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

More than two thirds of women in construction (72%) say they have experienced gender discrimination in the workplace – while 9 in 20 (45%) of the women say sexual harassment had made an impact on their career, a new report from specialist construction recruiter Randstad reveals. With International Women’s day having just passed, now is a good a time as any to start devising plans for change particularly in this male dominated workforce.

According to a poll of 4,200 construction workers in the UK, 41% of women in construction said they had been on the receiving end of inappropriate comments or behaviour from a male colleague. Worryingly, this was significantly higher than when two years ago when the same question was asked, and the result was 28%.

TABLE 1: Have you experienced these forms of gender discrimination in the workplace?

Types of gender discrimination experienced by women in construction

(%)

Comments / inappropriate behaviour from male colleagues

41%

Being excluded from male conversations or social events

26%

Being offered a less important role

23%

Being passed over for a promotion

21%

Being passed over for particular projects / work

19%

Being made redundant

13%

Comments / inappropriate behaviour from female colleagues

9%

I have not experienced gender discrimination in the workplace

28%

 

Owen Goodhead, managing director of Randstad Construction Property & Engineering, had this to say on the matter: “Worryingly, more women are reporting problems with inappropriate comments or behaviour from male colleagues than two years ago. Hopefully, this does not reflect a huge uptick in sexism - we think it’s more likely that the #MeToo movement has left women in construction empowered and less likely to accept this sort of behaviour as ‘banter’.”

Women also reported that the factor that held them back in their career was not sexual harassment but the need to maintain a work-life balance – 50% said that it had had “a lot” or “some” impact on their career. 

TABLE 2: Rank these factors on how much impact (“a lot” / some”) they had on your career?

 

Factor

(%)

Lack of work-life balance

50%

Lack of mentors

50%

A lack of female role models

49%

Lack of training opportunities

47%

Lack of networking opportunities

45%

 

 

Friday, 6 March 2020

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