Construction and Women: the Lessons Construction can Learn from Other Sectors

Menaha Shanmugam, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, David Baldry

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Abstract

The construction industry is traditionally considered a white, maledominated industry. The UK construction industry is at its busiest for a decade and is suffering from skill shortages in both craft and manual trades, and at the professional level. The issue regarding the lack of women in construction has become more prominent recently, attracting government and industry-wide attention due to this potential skill shortage facing the industry. To meet these targets the industry cannot rely on recruiting the traditional male- dominated workforce. Therefore the UK government is examining ways to encourage women into traditionally male-dominated jobs. Since then a number of initiatives have been introduced promoting construction careers to women; however they have yet to achieve the desired effect. The main aim of this paper is to investigate how the construction industry can successfully recruit and retain professional women by looking at what lessons can be learnt from other sectors such as medicine. Hence this paper looks into other sectors, in particular the medical sector and how it has become an accessible career for women. It also focuses on the culture of other sectors to establish the influence this has over the employment of female professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2006
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
EditorsElaine Sivyer
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRICS
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781842193074
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20068 Sep 2006

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Abbreviated titleCOBRA 2006
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period7/09/068/09/06

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Shanmugam, M., Amaratunga, D., Haigh, R., & Baldry, D. (2006). Construction and Women: the Lessons Construction can Learn from Other Sectors. In E. Sivyer (Ed.), COBRA 2006: Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors London: RICS.