Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering (CPE) continues to raise awareness around gender equality in construction, while inspiring more women to consider working within the industry.

Back in 2016, Randstad’s women in the construction industry report predicted that women are expected to fill one in four of the UK’s construction workforce by 2020. It’s now clear that real progress is being made, with a 26% uplift of female registrations recorded in 2017 and an incredible 19% increase in women placed into permanent CPE roles during the same year.

Earlier this year Randstad surveyed more than 5,400 construction, property, engineering and rail professionals to find out the key barriers, limitations and challenges that women are facing on the path to senior leadership in an industry that has a reputation of being male dominated. Research revealed that 45% of women indicated that a lack of senior female role models was a barrier to progression, and surprisingly just under half (49%) said they have never worked with a female construction manager. Eight out of 10 women also stated that they feel left out of conversations and social events. 

Randstad has been raising awareness of the importance of encouraging women to work within the construction industry for 20 years through a number of campaigns, academic papers and reports. Recent figures revealed good progress being made, with the number of female registrations and work placements rising significantly over the past two years. 

Owen Goodhead, MD, Randstad CPE said: “The exclusivity of typically male activities is something that makes it very difficult for women to feel welcome or accepted. 
It’s great to see that the work we’ve carried out over the past two decades is helping to raise awareness and shine a light on this important subject which requires attention. Although we’ve still got more to do, it’s amazing to see great progress being made towards our prediction of a larger female construction workforce by 2020 becoming reality.”

Sarah Sidey - Head of strategic accounts also commented on the progress:
"In over 10 years of construction recruitment, I have seen more and more women entering the industry which is refreshing as it shows construction is beginning to remove it's barriers. We placed nearly a fifth (19%) more women into permanent CPE roles roles last year compared to 2016, which is further evidence of great progress being made."

This year’s women in construction report revealed some alarming statistics regarding gender pay gaps and female leadership - 43% of organisations surveyed do not actively monitor pay equality. When asked how having a female manager would impact the work of an employee, a huge 93% said it would either stay the same or have a positive effect, indicating no signs of discrimination and a clear opportunity for inviting more women into the industry. 

The 2018 women in construction report can be downloaded from:

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