5,400 women have joined the industry since the Q4 2017 seeing the number of females working in construction grow to 12,500.
According to Central Statistics Office (CSO) statistics, women now make up 8.49% (Q4 2019) of the total workforce in the Construction Industry, rising from just 5.3% in Q4 of 2017.
A key part of the CIF’s Building Equality campaign, launched in 2017, has been to increase the visibility of women working in construction. This week, the CIF’s Building Equality billboard campaign went live in a number of train stations around Dublin, in advance of International Women’s Day, March 8th.
CIF Communications Director, Shane Dempsey said: “Our billboards celebrate the women currently building Ireland. They challenge the tired stereotypes around construction. The women featured in the campaign come from across housing, contracting, property development, carpentry, quantity surveying and engineering. It shows the diversity of careers open to all people. In today’s construction industry, you are as likely to be using a computer than a hammer as the industry modernises and evolves.
A key part of our campaign has been to increase the visibility of women in construction as role models to the next generation. Since 2017, we’ve been actively highlighting the fact that there are rewarding careers in construction for women from the building site to the boardroom.