Construction industry needs to employ more female workers to tackle skills shortages

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Female umbrella company contractors working within construction will be pleased to hear that experts are calling on employers to take on more women in order to tackle skills shortages.

A report carried out by construction and rail recruiter One Way has said that employers must look to create more welcoming environments for women to attract them to the sector.

Paul Payne, managing director of One Way, explained, “We’ve been very vocal about the skills shortages that are plaguing the construction and wider engineering industries and, until very recently, the female half of the workforce has been almost entirely overlooked by employers. Thankfully, times have changed and we’re now seeing a healthier pipeline of female talent moving into the sector.

“However, all of this hard work could go to waste if employers don’t think about the impact of the working culture that they’re fostering. Let’s be honest, construction isn’t the most female friendly industry and while a lot of the stereotypes are now outdated, it still has some obstacles to overcome in order to become a truly inclusive industry.

He added, “Recruiting women doesn’t just make sense in terms of boosting the numbers of workers in the sector, but also in terms of improving diversity which, as we all know, holds clear business benefits. There are a number of highly effective schemes in place like the SPEC programme and the likes of the #NotJustForBoys initiative which have made a real difference, but now it’s down to employers to create a more welcoming and friendly environment.

“Bringing in fresh blood can help to improve processes in areas like health and safety and compliance, to name just and having fresh, different perspectives on board can only help construction firms grow at a time when the market is particularly challenging and uncertainty is rife.”

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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