The Importance Of Raising Awareness For Women In Construction

March 5-11 is Women in Construction Week, an annual event that celebrates and raises awareness for women who are working in the construction industry. This week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions that women make to the construction industry. As well as to highlight the obstacles that they face in this male-dominated field.

Historically A Male Dominated Industry

In the past, the construction industry has been a male-dominated field. As men have made up the majority of the workforce. Women, on the other hand, have been underrepresented in the industry. As a result, women have faced a number of challenges. These challenges include everything from discrimination and harassment to a lack of mentorship. As well as a lack of career advancement opportunities.

However, despite these challenges, women are making progress in the construction industry. According to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center, the number of women working within construction has increased by 82% since 1985. This is a positive trend, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that women are fully represented. 

Discrimination & Harrassment

One of the biggest obstacles that women face in the construction industry is discrimination and harassment. Women who work within construction often report experiencing offensive remarks about their age or gender when on the job. 

This kind of behavior is unacceptable, and it’s important that we work to create a safe and welcoming environment for women. This means taking steps to prevent harassment and discrimination. As well as providing women with the support and resources they need to succeed in the industry.

Challenges Faced

Another challenge that women face in the construction industry is a lack of mentorship and career advancement opportunities. Women who work in construction often report feeling isolated and unsupported. As such, they may struggle to find role models and mentors who can help guide them through the challenges of the industry.

To address this issue, it’s important that we work to create more opportunities for women working in construction. This could include everything from providing more training and development programs to offering mentorship and career advancement opportunities.

In addition to these challenges, women working in construction also face a number of practical obstacles. For example, many construction sites are not designed with women in mind, so women struggle with using a restroom or getting changed on job sites.

To address these issues, it’s important that we work to create more inclusive and welcoming work environments for women. This could include everything from providing more female-friendly facilities on site. To creating more flexible work arrangements that can accommodate the needs of working mothers.

Positives To Women Working In Construction

There are many positive reasons why women should work within construction, despite the challenges they may face. Here are a few:

Opportunities for career advancement

With the increasing demand for skilled labor in the construction industry, there are many opportunities for career advancement. Women can start out as laborers or apprentices. Then work their way up to supervisory or management positions. This can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as financial stability and security.

High earning potential

The construction industry can be very lucrative, with many jobs offering competitive salaries and benefits. Women who work within construction can earn a good income and support themselves and their families.

Variety of work

The construction industry offers a wide range of work.  Women can find a job that suits their skills and interests. Whether it’s working with their hands, designing buildings, or managing construction projects.

Ability to make a tangible impact

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in construction is the ability to see the results of your work. Female construction workers can take pride in the fact that they are building something tangible and lasting. Whether it’s a bridge, a skyscraper, or a house.

Chance to work outdoors

Many construction jobs involve working outdoors, which can be a welcome change from office jobs. Women construction workers can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and the physical activity can help keep them healthy and fit.

Growing demand for women in the industry

As more women enter the workforce and the construction industry faces a shortage of skilled workers, there is an increasing demand for female construction workers. This means that women working in construction may have more job opportunities and greater job security than in other industries.

The opportunity to challenge stereotypes

By working in a traditionally male-dominated field, women can challenge stereotypes and break down barriers for future generations of women. They can serve as role models and inspire other women to pursue careers in construction or other fields where they may be underrepresented.

Raising Awareness

Ultimately, Women Working in Construction Week is an important reminder that we still have a long way to go! The aim is to ensure that women are fully represented in the construction industry. By raising awareness of the challenges that women face, we can work to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all workers, regardless of their gender.

How Many Women Are Working In UK Construction?

According to the UK Government’s official statistics, the number of female construction workers in the UK has increased steadily in recent years. Yet women still represent a minority of the workforce.

As of 2020, women made up 14.5% of the total construction workforce in the UK, which is up from 12.8% in 2019. This represents an increase of around 35,000 women working in construction between 2019 and 2020.

About Masterhitch Europe Ltd

At Masterhitch Europe Ltd, we are pleased and proud to be an employer of women working within construction. Working in a wide variety of roles from designing and engineering, to managing team, working in administration and more. 

Masterhitch Europe Ltd provides high-quality and durable digger attachments for all your construction needs.

Our products are made in the UK, ensuring quality and reliability. With Masterhitch’s attachments, you can dig deeper, lift heavier, and demolish with ease. Our products are built to last, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

Masterhitch offers a variety of options to suit any digger model or size. Our team is committed to excellent customer service and support. Investing in Masterhitch’s attachments will improve your digger’s performance and make your construction projects even more exciting!

Contact the Masterhitch Team today!

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Contact the team today to get an initial quote, we would love to work with you. Call us on: 01634 290022 or email us.

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