Is harassment still an issue within the construction industry? Well, according to a recent survey, more than half of women working within the sector have felt victimised or been subjected to harassment during their careers.
In fact, the results showed that 55% of women stated that they had been subjected to sexual discrimination in the industry. And, a shocking 31% added that they had even suffered this type of discrimination in the past year!
The majority of women added that they had experienced some type of victimisation or harassment on site. In comparison to 55% of women, just 36% of men were found to have experienced the same thing.
But, shockingly, those within the industry were not surprised by these results. In fact, the global director for Rider Levett Bucknell stated: “When you tell most well-meaning men about this kind of thing they’re absolutely staggered, they say ‘no, no, this doesn’t happen anymore’.”
“Women know it does.”
“It only takes a very small number of harassers to have this impact.”
But it’s not just harassment that has highlighted the segregation between men and women on site though. In fact, additional research has found that just one in five women stated that their firm offered equal pay between the sexes. Whilst the gender pay gap is at a record low though, statistics show that women, on average, still earn 9.1% less than men. One positive though is that the construction industry is doing a lot better than other sectors in bridging this gap. Despite this though, there is still a long way to go. Take a look at the full report here.
Looking at all of this though, it is not surprising to hear that only 11% of workers in the industry are women. And, just 1% of those are working on site. Take a look at some of the reasons behind this here.
But what do you think of this? Do you think harassment is still an issue on site? Let us know in the comments below.