Last week, the Harvey Richmond team attended the Women in Property; Building a better workforce event in Bristol.
While much has changed in recent years, women still represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce. The Association of Women in Property is working with businesses and other industry organisations to help redress this balance.
There was a detailed rundown of the findings on the report, and the statistics that were found. The report gives a clear snapshot in time and shows how the industry is moving forward, including the growth in women employment alongside thoughts and opinions of the market.
This was followed by a question and answer session with speakers from EDF Energy, ISG, Stride Treglown, Noma and UWE. From this session stemmed a lot of debate about the importance of flexible working, the impact of this and how to go forward with a more open mind to flexible working in the built environment.
A key takeaway from the event was how the industry proactively attracts and keeps talent and help aid career progression and training opportunities.
The event also highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion within the construction industry. Women are expected to make up a quarter of the UK’s construction workforce by 2020 (source 2016 Randstad Report).
Women in Property works hard at engaging students coming up through the system to encourage them to consider Property and Construction as a dynamic and rewarding career.
From the event, it is clear that the industry is moving forward and working hard at attracting a more diverse workforce. Attracting more women and bridging the pay gap – which has been a key issue for many years in the industry. It has also mainly highlighted the issue of flexible working. Demonstrating why companies should offer its colleagues a more flexible working week.
Harvey Richmond is committed to understanding the job role and match the right candidate both in skills and culture, as well as a genuine desire to meet the expectations and aspirations of candidates.