Prop­erty sec­tor is urged to di­ver­sify work­force

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE -

THE BAR­RI­ERS that are stop­ping women from reach­ing the top in the prop­erty sec­tor must be de­stroyed, ac­cord­ing to the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors (RICS).

The RICS is call­ing on prop­erty firms to make their fe­male role mod­els more vis­i­ble as part of a strat­egy to en­cour­age di­ver­sity.

An RICS spokesman said: “Women are ex­pected to make up more than a quar­ter of the con­struc­tion work­force by 2020, up from its cur­rent level of about 14 per cent, but last year it was re­vealed there were fewer than 21 women on the boards of the top 20 UK con­trac­tors.

“To add to this, lat­est fig­ures from RICS re­veal that just 14 per cent of char­tered sur­vey­ors in the UK are fe­male, which is an im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous years, but still demon­strates that the sur­vey­ing pro­fes­sion has a long way to go in at­tract­ing se­nior fe­male role mod­els.”

To help ad­dress these is­sues, RICS has de­vel­oped an ini­tia­tive known as the In­clu­sive Em­ployer Qual­ity Mark (IEQM) which is de­signed to help firms of all sizes in the land, prop­erty and con­struc­tion sec­tors gain a more di­verse and in­clu­sive work­force.

The RICS pro­vides sup­port in ar­eas where im­prove­ment is needed.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the RICS In­clu­sive Em­ployer Qual­ity Mark visit www.rics.org/ di­ver­sity.

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