Construction isn't just about hard hats and hi-vis...
There are more than two million people in various construction jobs, meaning it’s one of the biggest and most diverse sectors in the country.
Employers are drawing on the skills of people from a wide range of backgrounds to make the most of advances in technology and ways of working.
As the industry has evolved, construction jobs and workplaces have become fairer, inclusive and more respectful, with firms focusing on nurturing and retaining high-performing staff.
There’s also a huge variety of construction jobs to choose from construction project management to craft-based roles. You could be based in an office, on-site or in a workshop - in the UK or working on construction jobs abroad.
Construction employs around 2.5 million people in the UK - that means that one in every ten jobs is in construction
Research carried out by the Construction Industry Council into working practices in the building trades had some impressive results:
Leading industry figures are placing equality at the heart of their business. Employers are looking for ways to create an inclusive workplace in order to attract new talent, ensure staff are happy and committed, and improve productivity. What's more, some of the industry’s biggest customers choose to hire construction companies because they have staff from a wide range of backgrounds.
Look out for firms that have signed up to the following schemes aimed at promoting positive values:
Now more than ever, construction companies are demanding talent from diverse groups to ensure the industry sees positive changes in working culture for many years to come.
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An increasing number of women are finding a rewarding and challenging career in construction.