Gender Under representation in Construction

The construction industry in Scotland contributes £10bn annually to the national economy and employs approximately 6.9% of the national workforce (Skills Development Scotland, 2015). It is recognised as a diverse sector that delivers large scale infrastructure projects delivering socio-economic developments across the nation. Despite a growing number of employment opportunities and evidence of a continuously widening skills gap within the sector, there remains a significant lack of diversity within the workforce.

Project description:


This project aims to uncover the variety of barriers that contribute to the low participation of women in the construction industry as well as associated interventional strategies and solutions.


The primary outputs of the project are as follows:


  1. The development of an industry baseline for workplace inclusivity for the construction industry
  2. The development of a self assessment toolkit that can be used by employers to identify strategies and interventions relating to workplace inclusivity
  3. To identify key areas that the industry can improve to realise more inclusive workplace practices.
  4. To collate examples of best practice case studies relating to gender equality in the industry.




The key outputs of the project are:


  • Best Practice Framework for Gender Equality in Construction
  • Hosting Website
  • Self Assessment Toolkit
  • Self Assessment Toolkit Guidance Document
  • Industry Benchmark on Gender Equality
  • Collation of Best Practice Guides



CSIC funded - £40 k

Total project value - £104K

Project duration: September 2018 – April 2020