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Job security fears dissuade women

NEWS

A LACK of job security is putting women off considering a career in construction.

That is the main finding of new research into recruitment by Tarmac, which also discovered that roofing, scaffolding and quarrying were the least attractive construction careers for women.

Those considering a job in construction chose bricklaying, plastering and joinery as the most attractive trades.

Tarmac's Jeremy Hilliard said: 'The construction industry is heading towards a severe skills crisis unless we can improve the image of construction work.

'We have got a massive job on our hands to find 370,000 workers by 2007.

'Adding to this issue is succession planning - thousands of construction workers are reaching retirement and there are very few generations of construction workers coming through.'

The survey showed that 70 per cent of women would not consider a career in construction, with 53 per cent citing a perceived lack of job security and around a third blaming low pay and a lack of prestige associated with the sector.

The news was no better among young people. Some 57 per cent of the 16 to 24year-olds responding regarded construction as a low-value job.

On a sector-by-sector basis, jobs in media and journalism were the top choice with 23 per cent of youngsters, while construction came in at a lowly 2 per cent.