How we can begin to build better diversity in construction in 2022?
The current state of diversity in construction shows just how much work there is to do.
In its recent Diversity and Inclusion in Construction report, the CIOB showed that women only made up 12.3% of the UK’s construction workforce in 2019. With BAME representation as low as 5-7%, dropping to 1% within more senior industry roles. Whilst in 2018, the OutNext / PwC Out to Succeed survey found the construction industry had the third worst image out of all industries as an LGBTQ+ employer.
In advocating for change, the CIOB report dismisses the idea that construction’s push to be more accepting and less discriminatory is a nice-to-have, saying how “[it] is not so much a fashionable cause as it is a matter of individual business survival.”
How we can begin to build better diversity in construction in 2022.