WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
As we know, there are some industries
that are traditionally considered to be ‘masculine’. This includes the construction industry. In the 20th century, the share of men working
in construction companies was around 99%, but since the end of the last
century, professional gender discrimination has undergone significant changes.
The share of female employees is
constantly growing as more and more women choose traditionally “masculine”
professions and excel in them. This statement is supported by global statistics
and statistics from developed countries. For example, according to the data
provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the United States over the past few
years, the number of women in construction has increased by 17%.
The positions occupied by women in
construction have also undergone changes. In the past, they could only be met
in the offices working as secretaries, though now the number of female
engineers, architects and mechanics is growing. According to one study provided
by McKinsey & Co, companies with a high percentage of female employees are
25% more successful in terms of revenue than their male-dominated competitors.
Another curious study from the same company shows that construction companies
where at least 30% of the management are women show the best financial
Despite all these positive indicators,
proportionately speaking, women in construction are still relatively rare and
make up only about 11% of the total number of employees. Gender discrimination
in the "male dominated" industries remains an acute problem in modern
society. Stereotypes about women who "won't have enough time to work
because of the need to take care of children" and who are "not strong
enough for this kind of physical work" continue to exist. We would like to
believe that the trend of increasing the number of women in construction will
grow. At WEITAI we believe that professionalism has no gender and we happily hire
both women and men for various positions in our company.
WEITAI Marketing Department