Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 68% of managers within the construction industry believe their sector still struggles with a lack of gender diversity.
The research, which comes from multi-discipline recruitment experts, Search Consultancy, was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents to rate how they believed their industry compared against a range of diversity markers.
The full list, from most to least diverse in terms in gender representation, is:
- Legal – 40%
- Hospitality – 44%
- Marketing – 49%
- Sales – 50%
- Scientific – 52%
- Engineering & manufacturing – 52%
- Logistics – 53%
- Call & contact centre - 54%
- Accountancy & finance – 55%
- Business support – 56%
- Social work – 56%
- Healthcare – 57%
- Financial services – 59%
- HR – 59%
- Industrial – 60%
- Transportation – 63%
- Construction – 68%
The research also looks into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors. 56% of managers in the construction industry believed their business lacked racial diversity with 54% admitting age diversity was an issue.
66% of managers also believe a more diverse workforce would help resolve the skills shortage in the construction industry.
Erin Vickers, director of talent and engagement at Search Consultancy, said: “Although research shows that 83% of managers in the construction sector believe their industry is suffering from a skills shortage, little is being done to encourage a more diverse workforce and consequently widen the talent pool available.
“The benefits of having a diverse team are endless. Looking outside of the typical candidate demographic can help resolve the skills shortage, create a better understanding of customers and significantly improve employer brand. Now more than ever, it is time to encourage increased diversity in the workplace and help businesses grow following a very difficult 12 months.”
To read more about diversity in your sector and how it can help resolve the skills shortage, read Search Consultancy’s latest report, here: https://bit.ly/3c5gPVx