Rapid rise in female tradespeople over past decade

There are more than double the number of women working in the construction trades than a decade ago18,000 more women working as builders, electricians and plumbers in 2019 than in 2009Gender pay gap narrower in construction trades than across all industries There are more than twice as many women working in trade professions including electricians, plumbers and construction workers in the UK than ten years ago, reveals new analysis1 from tradesperson insurer Direct Line for Business. The analysis shows that there were an estimated 33,000 female tradespeople in 2019 – a 120 per cent increase on the 15,000 reported in 2009. Over this time the total number of people working in construction, electrical and plumbing has risen by five per cent to 743,000, meaning that whilst women currently account for just 4.4 per cent of all tradespeople, this is considerably higher than the 2.1 per cent representation a decade ago. When broken down by industry, the majority of female tradespeople can be found in building, with 24,000 females employed in jobs including bricklayers, roofers and scaffolders, accounting for five per cent of the total workforce. There are an estimated 8,000 women working as electricians, accounting for three per cent of all … Continue reading Rapid rise in female tradespeople over past decade