An interesting article recently highlighted what we need to increase the number of women in this male dominated industry.
If we are to see a change in the number of females in this industry we need to challenge working conditions for men.
Even remote mining jobs attract more women than the wide range of well paying construction industry jobs which is why construction is Australia’s last frontier.
Construction is Australia’s most male dominated field with only 12 per cent of the workforce compromising of women. Professional positions are only 14 per cent female but in trades there are less than 2 per cent females.
During the study that the article was based upon, the construction industry has entrenched expectations of long working hours and weekend work. There is also a demand to get ahead of schedule and a culture of shaming those who didn’t “live to work”.