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Kalcrest Support the Rise of the Female Construction Worker

Published on 8th December 2014

The latest UK Industry Performance Report 2014 from the CITB and industry analysts Glenigan has highlighted that a growing number of women are entering the construction trade, a fact that is backed up by construction recruitment specialist Kalcrest.

Rise of the female construction workerThe report states that compared to the 2012 figure of 15%, the average proportion of female workers has gone up to 19%.

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.

To access the full UK Industry Performance Report 2014 click here.

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