Why Isn’t Your Workplace Recruiting More Women?
The construction industry may be facing an image problem that is stifling contractors’ ability to recruit a more diverse workforce and deal with the ongoing labor shortage successfully. Not only is today’s youth looking everywhere but construction for jobs, but the industry is still ignoring virtually half of the potential workforce with its ongoing reputation as a boys’ club.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the number of women in the construction industry--already dismal--has actually decreased since its peak in 2007. Between 1985 and 2007 the number of women in construction grew by 81.3 per cent, only to drop dramatically during the recession. As of December 2016, women made up 9.1 per cent of the construction industry in the United States, predominantly in sales, office, and managerial positions.
Why aren’t women applying to more construction jobs? The truth is that more women are showing interest in construction careers, but that doesn’t always translate to a job in the field.
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