Gender Equality At Office Profile

05-12-2019

Update: As of 6th March 2020, we have an additional 5 female staff members working across our Design, Pre-Contracts and Finance team!

According to a recent article from the Independent, the public acknowledge that women often have to work harder than men to reach the same employment opportunities as 37 per cent say working hard is key for women’s success, versus 29 per cent for men [1]. Equality means that no person should experience discrimination because of their sex, age or race etc and every person should have access to the same rights and opportunities. Whilst there has been steady progress in closing the gender pay gap, it will take another 108 years to reach gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap report. [2] Barriers like the gender pay gap, lack of employer support for care responsibilities and employers not promoting women to higher positions mean that whilst gender equality in the workplace has progressed through the years, there is still a long way to go.

Currently, more men are hired than women in engineering, finance and construction sectors as out of 2.3 million jobs in the construction industry, only 296,000 employees are women. The finance and insurance sector have been found to have one of the biggest pay gaps, with women being paid 22.9% less on average than men. [3]  Nonetheless, most businesses encourage diversity because of its many benefits such as increasing productivity, widening perspectives and boosting brand reputation which is positively changing recruitment.

At Office Profile, we encourage equality and diversity and acknowledge that this is an ongoing process to be under constant review. With women making up 43% of our team, we are above the average for women working in the construction industry and advocate our equal opportunities for progression and promotion within the company to ensure a healthy work/life balance for men and women. Whilst there is always progress to be made, we hope that the future of construction will become a fairer working space.

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hillary-clinton-julia-gillard-gender-equality-women-work-equal-pay-success-a9200791.html

[2] https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/surprising-stats-about-gender-inequality/

[3] https://c-r-l.com/content-hub/article/women-in-construction/