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Construction industry and women : a review of the barriers

Amaratunga, RDG; Haigh, RP; Shanmugam, M; Lee, A; Elvitigalage Dona, NG

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RDG Amaratunga

RP Haigh

M Shanmugam

A Lee

NG Elvitigalage Dona


The UK construction industry has a particularly low
participation rate for women. Currently there are over 11 million women employed in the UK, accounting for almost 50% of the work force. However, despite increases in the number of women employed in the construction over the past decade, they still constitute only 9% of the work
force. This means that the construction industry will continue to be male dominated. It is found that women are confronted by a significant number of barriers, beginning with difficulties in joining the field of construction
through to capturing the most senior position in the organisation’s hierarchy. In this context , this paper presents a review of the literature on the current status of women in the construction; in particular, it discusses
the barriers which prevent women’s entry and retention in the construction industry.


Amaratunga, R., Haigh, R., Shanmugam, M., Lee, A., & Elvitigalage Dona, N. Construction industry and women : a review of the barriers. Presented at 3rd International SCRI Research Symposium, Delft University, Netherlands

Presentation Conference Type Other
Conference Name 3rd International SCRI Research Symposium
Conference Location Delft University, Netherlands
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2010
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
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Additional Information Event Type : Conference



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