The Reason Why Women Are Needed in the Construction Industry
Various sectors in South Africa, are currently facing some negativity. This includes the mining, trade, and most importantly, the construction sector. Given that these sectors all work together in some way, when one is affected, the others are too. These sectors are also very important for the sustainability and growth of the economy and have been mainly affected by the recession, due to a 3.2% decline in economic activity for the past ten years, since 2009.
Currently, the construction sector is reminded time and time again that it needs to implement change for it to survive. Many initiatives have been brought to light, including the topic surrounding women in the construction industry.
Given that it’s 2019, and the ratio of women to men working in the construction industry remain very imbalanced, questions are raised on whether women may be the answer the industry has been looking for.
It seems unconventional to think that women don’t have a place in the industry, especially because it’s 2019. Following the conventional way of how things have been done over the years, including South Africa not adopting new technology, has impacted the industry very negatively.
The Construction Industry’s Development Board released their Quarterly report in October of 2018, which has highlighted the fact that the industry still predominantly hires men over women. Most of the time, women haven’t even been considered as an option when it comes to searching for candidates for roles. Currently, 89% of professionals employed by the construction sector, are men, while only 11% are women. Since the country has experienced a lot of problems in its economic and political sector, perhaps it’s not such a bad idea for the industry to shift towards hiring more women.
It is believed that it will aid in the growth of many sectors, such as the construction industry, and also present a more enthusiastic and passionate approach, which is currently lacking in the industry. Women also offer a different point of view, which could add a lot of value to a construction environment.
Women in the South African Construction Industry Speak Out
A few women have been asked to provide advice about their opinion of women looking to enter the industry.
Responses varied and included professional women in the industry talking about the importance of learning about career opportunities in the construction industry from a young age. Today, because construction has never been viewed as fit for women as a career, many remain unaware of incredible roles, including becoming an architect, quantity surveyor, designer, and even a builder. Women are no longer confined to the general office role, and just like men, have an array of career opportunities waiting to be discovered in the construction sector.
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