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Lendlease: Gender pay gap a 'greater challenge' in construction

Lendlease has revealed that female staff in the firm’s construction division are paid up to a third less than their male colleagues.

The UK arm of the Australian contractor has published findings of an internal report into the pay differences between male and female staff within its ranks.

The report found that across Lendlease UK, average pay among female staff was 19.2 per cent lower than male employees.

However, within the construction division that gap rose to 30.4 per cent.

The gender pay gap shows the difference in average pay between all men and women in a workforce, rather than comparing like-for-like job roles.

The Lendlease study has been published ahead of an April 2018 deadline that will see any UK firm employing more than 250 people publishing information on any gender pay gap within their own business.

Lendlease said the gender pay measurements reflected a dearth of female employees within its construction division, which was 71 per cent male.

The report said: “In our construction business female representation is a considerably greater challenge.

“So when looking at this business entity in isolation, the gap is much bigger [than Lendlease UK] as the representation of women is 19 per cent and only 7 per cent in senior management role.”

In April it was revealed that the gender pay gap within the construction industry is up to 5 percentage points higher than the UK average.

According to figures compiled by the Department for Education (DfE), the gender pay gap in the construction sector stood at 23.3 per cent, compared with 18.1 per cent in the UK as a whole.

The DfE has stated that eliminating the pay gap across all industries could add up to £150bn to annual GDP by 2025.

Lendlease said it was launching a number of measures to reduce the gender pay gap within both the construction division and across Lendlease UK.

Lendlease Construction managing director Neil Martin said: “We are proud to be an early adopter and want to encourage a conversation about how the industry can come together to better address the gender gap and attract and retain a broader mix of talent.

“At Lendlease we have introduced a range of proactive measures to support this goal from flexible working hours, shared parental leave, through to a 50:50 graduate intake.

“By supporting and encouraging more women to consider a career in the industry we all benefit and at Lendlease we want to be at the forefront of this change.” 

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