Apparently, women are twice as likely to be in charge of domestic building projects than men.

In consideration of the construction skills shortage, the Federation of Master Builders conducted research into women’s roles in domestic DIY challenges. From this research, it was found that women tend to get quite involved in DIY at home. 80% of respondents had painted a room. A further 65% had put together flatpack furniture. And 58% had also unblocked a sink.

Alongside this, an additional 50% had also changed a fuse and 44% had unblocked a toilet. With over a quarter of female respondents also having cleared out the guttering, it was clear from these results that women regularly get involved in a range of DIY tasks in the home.

The chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders stated: “this research shows that any lingering gender stereotypes regarding domestic life are completely outdated.”

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“Not only do women lead on decisions regarding the style and scope of building projects, they also get stuck in themselves when hiring a builder isn’t necessary.”

“In 21st century Britain, you’re just as likely to find a woman up a ladder clearing out the guttering or battling with flat-pack furniture, as you might be likely to find her performing some of the more traditional domestic chores.”

“The construction industry is facing a massive skills shortage and we’re crying out for more female builders.”

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“At present, only 2% of construction workers onsite are female and until we start to appeal to 50% of the population, we won’t be able to plug the skills gap.”

“It is my hope that these hands-on women, many of whom will be mums, are inspiring their daughters to think differently about what is an acceptable career path for girls.”

“There is no reason why young women can’t become the next generation of brickies and sparks and it’s our job to remind them of that.”

So what do you think? Will there be some more women on site soon? Let us know in the comments below.


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