Published date: 18th March 2022

WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

Construction may be one of the first that comes to mind when you think of an industry dominated by men – and this is still the case, with women making up less than 11% of people working in sector. 

In fact, the construction industry is only benefitting from about 1.25% of women in the workforce, with only 1 female in 100 working on the ‘front line’ of the industry! According to Ranstad, the statistics in the UK outline that just under 87% of women working in construction hold office positions, and only about 2.5% of tradespeople are women. Women also only make up about 14% of staff executive and 7% of line executive positions.  

At CPG Europe, 71% of employees are male, whilst 29% are female. If you were following our social platforms in early March, you’d have seen just some of the roles that are occupied by females, as we celebrated International Women’s Day. These roles include Head of Branding and Design, Group HR Manager, Specification Manager, Senior Market Manager, Digital Marketing Project Manager and many more.    

 

Women paving the way 

Although the statistics are still very low, women are paving their way into the construction industry across Europe and Great Britain. In the UK, a 9% increase of women working in management roles within the sector was recorded between 2018 and 2020.  

In France, whilst women make up around 30% of students at engineering schools, only 2% go on to work in construction. Building companies are trying to directly address this gender imbalance, with one company refinancing 500 million Euros of debt in a deal incorporating three KPIs, one of which is to increase the representation of women as managers on its building sites. Whilst the ratio may not yet be equal, it is recognised.  

 

A recognised gap 

Recognising the imbalance of men to women in the construction industry is nothing new – in fact, there are whole international awareness weeks dedicated to the topic. Women in Construction week takes place on the first full of week of March every year and ran on the 6-12th March this year.  

This awareness week, founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry, traces the history of women in construction, their challenges, and the ways they’ve been able to overcome them. The holiday is observed to appreciate the women who have taken the bold step to enter the construction industry, and also to encourage those willing to make similar commitments.   

At CPG Europe we pride ourselves on our inclusive nature and feel that our diversity is a great asset that’s appreciated by our customers.  If you would like to enquire about job opportunities with us, explore our current vacancies in your location or get in touch with us today.