Gender equality in construction “will take nearly 200 years”

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

Gender equality in construction will take nearly 200 years to achieve according to latest analysis from the GMB union.

Figures revealed at the GMB’s annual Congress in Brighton today show that at the current rate of growth, the number of women in construction will equal men by the year 2194.

The union has arranged a summit with the major construction companies working on the £18bn Hinkley Point C project to discuss the lack of women in construction.

GMB will meet Hinkley bosses and contractor Doosan Babcock to discuss ways to recruit more women on the construction of the huge nuclear reactor.

Government figures show the female share of the construction industry workforce increased by an estimated 2.1% between 2009 and 2018.

At a compound average rate of 0.2% cent per year, it would take 176 years before the female share of the workforce reached 50%.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary, said: “Our analysis is a sobering reminder of the scale of the challenge facing the industry.

“As a union we are committed to advancing the cause of gender equality in all industries.

“That’s why we have arranged our ground-breaking Hinkley Point summit where we will discuss with the major players how to increase the number of women in the construction of the project.”

Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, said: “These figures show the scale of the challenge but major state-backed projects like HPC are a chance for the government to step in and take action.

“Ministers should tell us how they will ensure that the opportunities they present will be open to all.

“We need to ensure that apprenticeships, for example, are available to more women and people who are historically underrepresented in certain jobs and industries.”

Nigel Cann, HPC Delivery Director, said: “At Hinkley Point C, we aim to create an environment which supports more diverse and inclusive teams and to increase the number of women in the construction phase and beyond.

“We want to support more women entering the industry and to encourage progression of those who are already working with us.”

Andy Colquhoun, Doosan Babcock CEO said: “Historically the engineering construction industry in the UK has been male dominated; Doosan Babcock’s drive in relation to diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a core element of our education, attraction and recruitment programmes.”

Latest news

Tube chiefs tell contractors trains are safe for builders

Contractors encouraged to stagger site start times in London
3 days ago

Construction recovers to pre-pandemic level

New work output grew 3.5% in November lifting output above February 2020 pre-shutdown level
3 days ago

Colas rolls out weekly Covid rapid testing for staff

Build UK trade body offers member firms lateral flow kits at a discount
3 days ago

Self-employed wages up 9% in north west

Average freelance trade wages running nearly 10% below pre-pandemic level
2 days ago

Cemex invests in “kit of parts” offsite housing firm

Materials giant backs Modulous to "revolutionise" housing industry
3 days ago

House building bounce back hailed by minister

Latest official statistics show completions tripled in the third quarter of 2019
3 days ago

Government clears 514-home London Master Brewer scheme

Housing secretary decides not to call in Hillingdon Gardens scheme
3 days ago

Aarsleff shifts to expansion after return to profit

Ground engineering contractor optimistic with 12 months of good work visibilty
3 days ago

Fresh shock structural steel price hike

Price of structural steel jumps nearly 50% in just over six months
4 days ago

Former Carillion bosses face new legal action

Eight ex-directors could be banned from boardroom for up to 15 years
4 days ago

Firms due £50m Covid dividend in R&D tax rebates

Contractors eligible to make tax credit claims for efforts to make sites Covid safe
4 days ago

Colmore Tang joins race to reclad unsafe towers by 2021

Midlands builder sets up cladding remediation arm as pace quickens to retrofit 2,000 unsafe buildings
4 days ago

Winvic starts £93m Edgbaston Stadium build to rent job

Civils arm will also deliver highways improvements for Warwickshire County Cricket Club
4 days ago

GLP starts work on 1m sq ft of warehouse space

Contractors given green light on latest round of development as demand soars for logistics schemes
4 days ago

Marshalls to build block plant as orders rebound

New concrete block factory will be built at St Ives in Cambridgeshire
4 days ago

Revenue offers contractors advice as IR35 changes loom

Free online workshops as controversial changes start in April: Sign up for places
5 days ago

Mace achieves net zero carbon goal

Carbon offset and 50% carbon emission cut achieves net zero target
5 days ago

Keltbray hires Multiplex project commercial director

Jason Gibbons joins as commercial director for built environment division
5 days ago

Winners revealed on £80m demolition framework

Sixteen secure places from 17 tenders received
5 days ago

BAM to trial innovative 5G use in construction

5G-powered cameras, drones and sensors to monitor Scottish construction sites
5 days ago

Breedon lures Amey boss to grow contracting arm

Highways specialist James Haluch to join GB Contracting in March
5 days ago

New pothole machine delivers road repairs four times faster

JCB Pothole Pro machine can repair a pothole in under eight minutes and at half the cost of a road gang
6 days ago

“Vital construction continues” during latest lockdown

New Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng praises industry's "major contribution"
6 days ago

Ductwork contractors hit by soaring steel prices

Firms warn steel shortages could hit jobs if situation worsens
6 days ago

Fears grow over Covid contract disputes as attitudes harden

Construction leaders warn of perfect storm from Brexit, falling activity, reverse charge VAT and surge in claims
6 days ago

Plans in for £60m Stockport’s Weir Mill flats

Capital & Centric advances scheme as a blueprint for inner city regeneration
6 days ago

£75m infrastructure funding deal for £1bn Purfleet town scheme

Main infrastructure works will start next month
6 days ago

WYG name disappears after US consultant takeover

Tetra Tech name adopted 18 months after WYG sale
5 days ago

Dive under team to slide in 11,000 tonne tunnel

Construction first for Morgan Sindall on East Coast Main Line
6 days ago

Electrical boss barred over £1m mystery expenses

Seven-year ban from running a business for Surrey electrician
6 days ago

Contractor services