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Gender diversity remains an issue in construction

May 2021

110 years after International Women’s Day was inaugurated, gender diversity is still a serious issue in the construction industry.  The latest research shows that 68% of managers within the construction industry believe their sector still struggles with a lack of gender diversity.

The research by Search Consultancy asked 1,000 managers to rate how they believed their industry compared against a range of diversity markers.

The full list, from most to least diverse in terms in gender representation, is:

Legal – 40%

Hospitality – 44%

Marketing – 49%

Sales – 50%

Scientific – 52%

Engineering & manufacturing – 52%

Logistics – 53%

Call & contact centre -  54%

Accountancy & finance – 55%

Business support – 56%

Social work – 56%

Healthcare – 57%

Financial services – 59%

HR – 59%

Industrial – 60%

Transportation – 63%

Construction – 68%

The research also looked into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors.  56% of managers in the construction  industry believed their business lacked racial diversity, with 54% admitting age diversity was an issue.

66% of managers also believe a more diverse workforce would help resolve the skills shortage in the construction industry.

Erin Vickers, a Director at Search Consultancy, said: “Although research shows that 83% of managers in the construction  sector believe their industry is suffering from a skills shortage, little is being done to encourage a more diverse workforce and consequently widen the talent pool available.”

“The benefits of having a diverse team are endless. Looking outside of the typical candidate demographic can help resolve the skills shortage, create a better understanding of customers and significantly improve employer brand. Now more than ever, it is time to encourage increased diversity in the workplace and help businesses grow following a very difficult 12 months.”

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