Gender pay research shows 45% gap in construction roles

The Government has highlighted gender pay differences which show a 9% gap in architecture, 8% between quantity surveyor roles and up to a 45% gap in some construction positions.

The figures have been released to mark the day that new regulations come into force that mean 9,000 companies must reveal their gender pay figures. The government believes that eliminating work-related gender gaps could add £150bn to annual GDP by 2025.

Employers will also be encouraged to publish an action plan alongside their figures, demonstrating the steps they will take to close the gender pay gap within their organisation.

According to the Office for National Statistics, women supervisors in construction roles are paid almost £7 an hour less than their male counterparts acquainting to a 45% pay difference. Property managers also have a 16% pay gap between genders, and women in operative construction roles are paid 15% less and only hold 5% of jobs.

Research last year from Place North West and Vertical Recruitment showed an average gender pay gap of £10,428 in property and construction. The differences in pay in the sector persists across all job levels, including graduates. The largest discrepancy for job level is among senior professionals, at £10,521.

Minister for women and equalities, Justine Greening, said: “We have more women in work, more women-led businesses than ever before and the highest proportion of women on the boards of our biggest companies. This has helped us to narrow the gender pay gap to a record 18.1 per cent – but we want to eliminate it completely.”

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