A survey by national recruitment firm Randstad has shown that women make up just 11% of the construction workforce in the UK.
In contrast, Lincoln-based construction and consultancy firm LGG Projects has a 40% female workforce which continues to grow. The firm, which has been expanding its team since its inception as part of its growth strategy, says more women are applying for jobs than ever before.
LGG Projects provides integrated services within the property and construction sector from high-end domestic alterations, renovations, commercial developments to self-build projects and fit-outs.
Lisa Tinker joined the senior team at the firm two years ago as a compliance manager, she said: “It is fantastic to be working for a construction and consultancy firm which has close to an equal ratio of men to women in its team and is supportive of all of its staff.
“We have definitely seen an increase in female applicants recently and I think the overall awareness of the career opportunities available within the construction industry has increased. I believe the general perception of what it is like to work within this sector is changing and in turn increasing the diversity of employees.”
Within the LGG Projects team, roles secured by female professionals include Lisa as compliance manager, responsible for health and safety, HR, training and quality assurance, procurement and commercial administrator Charlotte Foster who also works on business development, administrator Roxy Monaghan, whose responsibilities include administration, procurement and compliance, and managing surveyor Lindsey Deakin who manages the contractual and financial side of the firm’s construction projects.
Over 2.9m people are employed by the UK construction sector, with the industry expected to grow 2.5% every year for the next five years.
The Randstad survey also stated that by 2020, it is forecast that 26% of the construction industry workforce will be women.
Director of LGG Projects, Paul Jakuc, said: “Our vision is to ensure we employ the best person for the job, be it female or male, it will always be down to the quality, ability and commitment of the applicant.
“With the construction industry buoyant, we hope to continue to expand our team and maintain a mixed-sex workforce as I believe a diverse team strengthens the business and is likely to attract a wider pool of qualified applicants.
“Nationally, there is a significant gap between the number of women in the construction industry compared to men, but at LGG projects we have a great balance and hope to continue to attract women into the industry.
“Each member of our team is professional, skilled and highly experienced and has helped LGG Projects go from strength to strength.”
LGG Projects has worked on a number of impressive projects in Lincoln, including the city’s premier mixed-use development; One The Brayford, due for completion later this year and a yoga and wellness centre on Crofton Road in the Allenby Business Village.