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Diversity report reveals need for new recruits

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The Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) new report on diversity in construction highlights the need to attract more young people to the industry.

A Blueprint for Change provides insight into the industry’s progress since the first CIC Diversity Panel report was published in 2009, preceding the introduction of the 2010 Equality Act.

According to the report, which involved over 207,000 industry professionals, more people are due to retire than are currently joining the industry at a young age (25 and under).

The findings also show that there has been a 1% increase in the number of female professionals in construction. According to the report, the gender mix in industry varies with age, but there is an increase in females aged 25 and under.

Among those who chose to disclose ethnicity, 11.3% of the industry are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. In 2005 ethnic minorities constituted approximately 3% of the construction workforce, according to the report.

In light of the findings, the CIC is urging industry to address the needs of a multi-generational workforce, particularly in terms of retention, and focus efforts on attracting new entrants while building on the successes of attracting a more diverse millennial cohort.

A Blueprint for Change also features 11 case studies including voluntary practitioner-led initiatives, institutional best practice models and corporate strategies.

Commenting on the challenges of compiling and comparing the data in the report, CIC project manager Danna Walker called for more participation with the project and urged the industry to collect a wider range of data.

She said: “In order to achieve a truly reflective benchmark for industry, we need everyone to agree to collect the same categories of information, and for more institutions to get involved and collaborate. If we can’t measure it we can’t manage it and improve.”

The next CIC Diversity Panel report will be published in 2018.

Further findings from the report

  • Consultancy is outperforming other areas of industry in attracting women and people from BAME background
  • Only two of the participating institutions gather data on sexual orientation
  • The religious profile of the industry remains the same as in 2009
  • Less than 5% of the industry declare disability.

 

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