Date published: March 8, 2021
Construction is one of the most notoriously male-dominated professions, of all the 10 million people employed in the industry, only 14% of construction workers are female. This figure is primarily women in administrative and office positions in construction, as the number of women actively working on construction sites is even smaller.
In the construction industry, women encounter familiar gender- related challenges such as gender bias/pay gap, sexual harassment, lack of adequate resources and benefits, and social perceptions.
With 300,00 new homes built each year, more than a million extra workers are required by 2022, industry leaders know they must attract as many women as possible into construction careers.
Recent progress has been good. Women are expected to make more than a quarter of the construction workforce by 2024, up from its current level of 14%. Wages are rising for female construction workers too, and the proportion of women in senior roles has nearly trebled since 2005.
Hankinson are proud to support diversity in the workplace, with the number of women we employ set to rise, we have recently employed 6 new members of the team who have taken on various roles, and 3 newly qualified painter and decorators who have recently completed their NVQ level 2.
As seen in the attached photo is our Customer Care Manager, Gemma Besford (seen carrying out a customer satisfaction survey to a Unitas resident). Gemma's role is communication with customers, carrying out social value projects and customer satisfactions.
Gemma said this about her time with us so far:
" I have enjoyed working for the Hankinson group over the past 6 months, having worked in the construction industry for almost 5 years, I find it very rewarding. My role in customer care varies from liaising onsite, with the team to building relationships with the client and customer, I feel proud to work for a business who support diversity in the workplace and look forward to working along side more women in the future"