The construction industry is a male-dominated workforce with only around 10% of workers being women. Although this may still be a small number, it is already a big difference compared to 10 years ago.
Women have stayed away from construction jobs for many reasons such as gender gaps in the workplace, unconscious gender bias, lack of training, and even negative perceptions of society.
However, times have changed and women are starting to venture more into stereotypical jobs for men because of the change of perspectives and way of thinking of the world. Many companies and brands are now challenging old standards that are often restricting and discriminating.
Still, there are negative connotations on women with office jobs in the construction industry, implying that it is not really working in construction and still can't be counted as progress as only an estimated 1% are on the frontlines.
As a company with almost half of its employees being women, SP Group differs and sees this as a huge step already.
Change has to start somewhere and the increasing number of women doing office work in the construction industry will close the gender gap, making more women feel safe in a male-dominated workplace.
"Not working on the frontlines in construction doesn't mean you're not knowledgeable about the industry or you're not properly in it," says Nick Munster, SP Group's Managing Director. "In fact, I'm also not working on the frontline, yet I am included in the statistics as working in the construction industry, simply because I'm male."
"We have a number of female employees and they are a force to be reckoned with!" Nick adds.
Here's what some of SP Group's female employees have to say:
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