According to an article posted by the ABC in 2018, the construction industry is “Australia’s third largest employer and the most male dominated.” Many women find it hard to meet the demanding nature of the industry while juggling raising and caring for children. The article discusses three main aspects that keep women from entering and progressing in construction. One, being the long and demanding work hours. Two, sexism which is often unnoticed and hardly acted on. And thirdly, the little to no support to return to work - particularly after parental leave.
“In 2016, men made up 88 per cent of the construction workforce: 99 per cent of construction tradespeople and 86 per cent of construction managers and professionals.”
A study by McKinsley & Company found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21 per cent more likely to outperform on profitability and 27 per cent more likely to have superior value creation.
How can we help diversify the industry?
There has been more talk of providing evidence of gender equality practices when applying for government tenders. As well as zero tolerance policies for sexism. Unfortunately, the simple outcome of hiring more women do not eradicate the current gender equality issues within the world of construction. More concrete and quantifiable goals and targets are necessary for positive change.
For more talk on Women in Construction make sure you attend the event below.
EVENT: Sydney Build 2020 Expo Women in Construction – 20th March