Women now make up only 11.2 per cent of the construction workforce – the lowest level recorded for three years.
Data from the ONS shows that the construction workforce grew by 1.7 per cent between Q3 2015 and Q4 2015. But despite this increase, women only make up 11.2 per cent of these workers.
The proportion of women has fallen for three consecutive quarters and is now lower than it was in Q1 1997, when it stood at 12.4 per cent.
Women in the construction workforce: Q1 1997 to Q4 2015
The figure peaked in Q2 2005, when it reached 13.3 per cent, but slipped below 11 per cent throughout 2009 and 2010.
Look out for full analysis of ONS labour force statistics at the beginning of March.