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Gender equality needs "significant commitment"

27 July 2017

Results from a survey commissioned by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed areas of both encouragement and concern over the gender pay gap in construction.

The OnePoll survey shows that 46% of construction workers believe the gender pay gap will be less than 15% by April 2018, which will mark the end of the government's mandatory reporting period on the issue.

A further 12% believe there will no gender pay gap by next April.

It also reveals 35% of workers believe men are better suited for construction skill sets, while 30% of women cited fears of sexism as impacting on their career development.

This shows that more effort is required to achieve equality and tackle sexism, says RICS.

Further results included the fact that 39% of workers believe companies are not doing enough to attract females into the construction sector.

RICS chief executive officer Sean Tompkins said: "Although it's great to see the sector expects the gender pay gap to be lower than the national average, today's findings highlight that achieving gender equality in the construction sector requires significant commitment from organisations."

He emphasised the RICS approach to improving diversity, namely creating an inclusive culture to allow everyone to feel comfortable in the workplace as part of business strategies "because you simply cannot afford not to have a diverse workforce today and for the future".

"Increasingly, clients will expect it and to win the war for talent you will need a diversity of visible role models," said Mr Tompkins.

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