Randstad's 2019 Women in Construction Report paints a grim picture of the conditions keeping women from entering or remaining in the Australian construction industry.
According to the report, 60 percent of the women surveyed have experienced gender discrimination at work and 37 percent have been the target of inappropriate behaviour from a male colleague and 22 percent feel they have been overlooked when applying for senior roles due to their gender.
A key reason for this is believed to be the low rate of women in the industry, a fact that highlights the need to foster support for those considering a career in the construction, property and engineering sectors.
Another obstacle is the perceived lack of opportunity for career development, something 33 percent of female workers say is making them consider other lines of work.
"Our research has shown that workplaces certainly need to do more in order to attract and retain female talent by satisfying job expectations, breaking down the gender barriers and providing more stimulating work with greater opportunities for career progression," says Kerry McQuillan, general manager, diversity and inclusion for Randstad Australia.
"We can see that by raising awareness around these issues, employers are starting to sit up and take action. By keeping this conversation alive and bringing these issues to the forefront, we can make a real difference for the entire industry."
When asked to rank the top five factors that might attract more women to join or stay in the industry, opportunities for career progression was ranked first, followed by equal pay, meaningful work, learning and development opportunities and flexible working hours.
Discrimination against women doesn't just affect women. It harms the entire workforce. Organisations in which gender inclusivity is normatively accepted have been shown to be more productive, collaborative, innovative and attractive to top talent.
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