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Three-quarters of female workers suffer discrimination, study shows

Nearly three-quarters of women working in construction and property have experienced gender discrimination, new research has revealed.

According to research conducted by recruitment company Hays, 73 per cent of women working in construction and property have felt discriminated because of their gender in the workplace.

The report surveyed 5,400 professionals, 620 of which were from the construction and property sector, on views towards gender diversity.

lt revealed nearly half (47 per cent) of women in the sector believed they had been disadvantaged at interview stage because of their gender, compared with 23 per cent of men.

When surveyed on flexible working and shared parental leave, 62 per cent of all industry workers believed this would damage their career progression if they chose to take this up.

Around 65 per cent thought this would limit women’s careers in the industry, while 59 per cent thought it would be limiting for men.

However, 76 per cent believed flexible working would be an important benefit for them.

In a report conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors earlier this year into construction’s gender pay gap, nearly a third of women said the fear of sexism has held them back from pursuing senior roles in construction.

It also revealed 30 per cent of women cited fears of sexism relating to their career choices, with 39 per cent of respondents stating that they believed firms were not doing enough to attract females to the sector.

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