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110 years after International Women’s Day began – gender diversity is still a serious issue in the construction industry

Published: 8 March 2021 - Sallie Payne

Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, 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, which comes from multi-discipline recruitment experts, Search Consultancy, was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents 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 looks 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, director of talent and engagement 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.”

To read more about diversity in your sector and how it can help resolve the skills shortage, read Search Consultancy’s latest report, here:



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