Call for more women to become builders
THERE has been a call for more women to meet the skills shortage gap in construction after new research revealed that a third of UK home owners would rather hire a female builder than a man.
According to the findings of the study by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a third of us would feel more positive about hiring a female builder or tradesperson to carry out work in our homes.
Women feel particularly positive about hiring female builders with 35% saying they would be happier if a woman was to do work in their home than a man.
Half of people said they felt women would be more respectful of their home and 46% said they would choose a female builder because they wanted to support women working in non traditional job roles.
Other reasons were that people believed a female would be friendlier and that women would have better attention to detail than men.
Nearly two-thirds of the general public are ‘gender blind’ when choosing their builder or tradesperson and wouldn’t care whether they were a man or a woman.
Commenting on the research, Barry Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “There’s a clear appetite among consumers for more women to enter the building industry with one third of home owners saying they would rather hire a female builder.
“The construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage and until we appeal to women – who obviously make up 50% of the population – we’re unlikely to dig ourselves out of this skills hole.
“We would call on all parents, teachers and careers advisers to talk to young women about a career in construction. The construction sector can appeal to anyone who takes pleasure in the built environment and wants to avoid being trapped behind a desk all day. This can and should apply to both men and women equally.”