Construction industry diversity

Almost 70% of construction managers believe industry still struggles with gender diversity



Some 68% of managers within the construction industry believe their sector still struggles with a lack of gender diversity, according to research from Search Consultancy.

The survey 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 looked into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors.

Some 56% of managers in the construction industry believe their business lacked racial diversity, with 54% admitting age diversity was an issue.

Two-thirds (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: “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.”



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