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Gender gap exposed

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A trawl through the Inspire survey reveals fascinating distinctions between what different genders, ages, professions and places think about women working in the built environment.

A geographical analysis of the responses shows that Cardiff, Norwich, Brighton and Newcastle are the best places for women in the built environment to work while responses from Glasgow, Belfast, Sheffield and Plymouth were less encouraging.

The lot of women in engineering, architecture and construction is worse than just about every other profession with the exception of the law.

In the legal profession, for example, 26% say they 'frequently' experienced gender inequality in the workplace as opposed to 10% of those in construction, 11% of those in architecture and 12% of those in engineering.

But when asked if their profession was still maledominated 92% of those in engineering said yes. This compared with 59% of those in the legal profession, 44% in human resources, 26% in sales and marketing and 17.5% in education.

The situation does not appear to be any better among young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

Among these, 47% claimed the workplace was maledominated against 25% of the 55 plus age group.

Women in middle and senior management were more likely to have experienced inequality.

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