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Construction voted least diverse industry

Young people have voted the built environment industry as the worst in the UK for diversity.

In a poll carried out for the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, 32 per cent of 1,500 young people aged 13-22 voted the construction, building and property sector as unlikely to be diverse.

Law came in second worst, with 30 per cent of respondents expecting it to lack diversity.

The IT and fashion industries following close behind at 25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively – respondents were able to tick more than one box.

Fewer than one in five of those polled agreed the construction, building and property sector was diverse, with 40 per cent disagreeing that the industry employed a varied workforce.

The most common reason for respondents being put off a career in the built environment was a lack of interest in the industry.

Almost six in 10 people questioned said the main reason they would not pursue a career in the sector was because they were not interested in the subject matter.

Around a quarter of respondents said they hadn’t been encouraged to pursue a career in the industry and 23 per cent said they didn’t know enough about the roles available.

In addition, 19 per cent were most put off the built environment sector because of its perceived sexism.

Construction News revealed this week the extent of gender disparity in the rail sector following an investigation into the UK’s four biggest infrastructure clients.

Meanwhile, fewer than one in five school-age children polled by housebuilder Redrow said their parents would consider that a career in construction was a ‘good option’.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Robert Hudson

    Clearly organisations like the RICS are guilty as charged for a clear marketing failure I've been in the industry for forty years and I have never found it uninteresting or boring

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