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Construction fails to make LGBT employer rankings yet again

Not a single construction firm has placed in Stonewall’s top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers index for the 10th year running.

In the index released today by the LGBT rights campaign group, no construction firms made the top 100 rankings, with developer L&Q the only firm from the built environment sector on the list in joint 79th.

Analysis by Construction News has found only one construction firm has ever made it onto the Stonewall top 100 since it was launched back in 2005, when Kier’s building maintenance arm ranked 97th in 2008.

A spokesman for Stonewall told Construction News: “Unfortunately, there are no construction firms in the top 100 this year.

“Going forward it would be really encouraging to see the construction sector better represented on the list, as LGBT people exist across every industry.”

In total, 430 companies and organisations across the private and public sector entered this year’s index – a record for the initiative.

Stonewall could not comment on how many of these were construction firms.

Last week CN published its annual LGBT+ construction survey, which revealed large proportions of the construction workforce felt uncomfortable, hindered or ostracised because of their sexuality of gender.

Just over half (54 per cent) of LGBT+ respondents did not feel comfortable being open about their sexuality or gender on site – down from 69 per cent in 2016’s survey.

Of the sectors represented in the Stonewall top 100, law firms had the most entries on the list with 16, followed by financial services on nine and professional services with five.

The National Assembly for Wales came top of the list, with Pinsent Masons second and Sunderland-based housing association Gentoo coming third.

The list also features private firms such as KPMG, PwC, Sky and Lloyds Bank, as well as public sector groups such as the British Army, the Home Office and the Environment Agency.

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