Women in Construction


Currently, 2.3 million people work in the construction industry, but women account for only 13% of this figure. The sector is broadly acknowledged as traditionally having been a largely male-dominated industry, but it’s vital that this perception is changed, in order to attract more women into the profession: there’s currently a huge skills gap in the construction industry, which, if not addressed, will lead to critical skills shortages for forthcoming projects. 

What works for women at work?

See these 5 powerful videos from Joan C. Williams on the following topics:

1. 4 kinds of gender bias

2. Why women have to try twice as hard at work

3. Why women have to fight to be respected and liked at work

4. How to deal with bias against working moms

5. Why gender bias can cause conflict between women at work

Links and resources 

This Construction Manager article explores why women as so underrepresented in skilled manual construction roles, and what can be done to address this - includes commentary from CCLG Executive member Jean Duprez.

This is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction.

They provide bespoke support to women wishing to work in the construction industry, and assist contractors to recruit highly motivated, trained women, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more gender-equal work force.


Spotlight on… women in construction aims to demonstrate why the construction industry should be addressing the issue of attracting more women into the industry.

They also offer an e-learning course which increases your understanding and raises awareness of the topic of women in construction.

Construction Industry Training Board

Report on Five ways to attract more women into construction. 


Guardian article highlights some great case study examples.

Ranstadt Survey

Randstad surveyed more than 5,500 people from the construction, property, engineering and rail industries to find out why so few women become managers.

Gender pay gap reporting

From April 2017, UK employers with over 250 staff are required to publish statistics on the gender pay gap in their organisation.


This provision of the Equality Act will apply to a number of UK construction organisations.


For Government guidance on mandatory gender pay gap reporting, click here

To read Acas’s guidance on pay gap reporting, click here.

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