Women in Construction Week is in full swing after starting on Sunday, March 7 and continuing through March 13th, helping to raise awareness of the opportunities that are available for women in the industry and highlighting those making a positive impact. In conjunction, several companies have completed surveys of hundreds of female construction professionals, showing the progress that has been made and the opportunities still left to tackle.
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recent data cites that women only account for 10.9% of the construction industry, that is still a full 1% higher than BLS data from 2019, a promising trend that can only help continue to push the industry forward.
To help amplify the voices of that 10.9% of our industry, Levelset, a cloud based payment platform, conducted a survey of just over 1,000 women in construction. In addition, another survey of 718 women was carried out by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Safe Site Check In, a safety reporting application.
The results show many promising signs that women are finding a productive home in construction, but some challenges still remain. Both surveys asked whether the respondents let that men and women were treated equally with respect to pay or respect given. While the majority stated that they felt equally respected, 34% of respondents to the Levelset survey said that they did not feel as valued as male counterparts. 41% of respondents to the NAWIC survey ranked their employers below 80 for equal treatment of men and women on a scale of 1-100.