The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched ‘Spotlight on... women in construction’ in an effort to attract more women into the construction industry.

The Scheme surveyed over 1,000 people to find out why women still only represent just 11% of the construction industry workforce, then providing a variety of practical steps that can be taken to address this issue in the short, medium and long term.

The survey revealed a few key facts:

  • 94% of respondents agreed that the industry would benefit from employing more women
  • 76% said there are no construction jobs which only men can do
  • 74% said there should not be quotas for hiring women into construction.

Managing Director for Crossrail 2, Michèle Dix, said: “Women are still underrepresented at present, but I think we are starting to move in the right direction. We need to recognise the need for more flexible working arrangements, especially if we are to encourage women back after taking time off for children. I think there are lots of opportunities out there and one message I would give to my fellow women colleagues is: go for them! Be confident in your own abilities. The industry has so much to offer.”

The Scheme will continue to update resources available within ‘Spotlight on… women in construction’ and is interested to hear more from the industry on this issue, including further examples of best practice and case studies. If you would like to get in touch, contact the Scheme at

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