Call for more women to be­come builders

Belfast Telegraph - Propertynews - - News -

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.”

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