This upturn is reflected with Kalcrest’s own figures, which show an increase of 32% in women who have registered with their agency for construction-related positions.
Director Jo Hurley commented: “Although construction is still a male-dominated industry, it is encouraging to see more females entering the sector.
What is also significant is that the roles they are fulfilling aren’t just admin or cleaning positions. 18% of our ladies are labourers, and 20% have a skilled trade for example joiners, plasterers, groundworkers. Long may the trend continue!”
The report also suggested that builders are becoming more skilled, with an average of 71% now qualified to NVQ Level 2 or higher - an encouraging fact bearing in mind the current shortage of skilled trades across the industry.
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