Martin Loosemore in a post on states that 88 per cent of workers in the construction industry are male. In all other industries 54 per cent of the workforce is made up of men, this is a stark contrast.

This under-representation of females in the construction sector is not limited to Australia, it is a worldwide phenomenon. The writer explains that by increasing female representation Australia could potentially boost GDP by 11 per cent and increase Australia’s economic growth by $25 billion over the next 10 years.

The Australian Human Rights Commission provides a useful guideline Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit which provides a number of key elements which make up an effective gender diversity strategy.


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