Tampa Bay Times

Careers in constructi­on have near-equal pay

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A recent study shows working women are experienci­ng the worst effects of the recession because the industries they tend to work in are hit harder by the effects of the pandemic. Five million women have lost or left their jobs in the past year. In December 2020 alone, the U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs previously held by women. There is no better time for women to consider a career in constructi­on, where workforce shortages are a constant concern and new talent is in demand to rebuild our economy and crumbling infrastruc­ture.

National constructi­on employment was only 3 percent below its pre-pandemic peak in February 2020, and in Florida, the constructi­on unemployme­nt rate is 1 percent. While women in the U.S. workforce earn an average of 81.1 percent of what their male counterpar­ts make, the gender pay gap in the constructi­on sector is almost nonexisten­t, with women earning an average of 99.1 percent compared to men.

In Florida, the annual salary for entry level constructi­on workers is roughly $42,000, while experience­d skilled workers are averaging over $65,000. Associated Builders and Contractor­s is committed to recruiting and upskilling women so we can continue to develop a diverse and inclusive constructi­on industry. Join us in celebratin­g all the career opportunit­ies for women in constructi­on during Women in Constructi­on Week, March 7-13. Steve Cona, Tampa

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