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Mon March 08 2021

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Pay scandal: CITB campaigns on construction’s gender inequality

22 Apr 14 The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is looking to take on a more active campaigning role and it is targeting the under-payment of female construction workers.

One of these people is paid less than the other two. Can you guess which it is?
One of these people is paid less than the other two. Can you guess which it is?

Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that, on average, women in construction are paid 12% less than their male counterparts in the same role. Among construction and building trades supervisors, the differential is as high as 33%.

The CITB hopes to roll out its ‘BeFair Framework’ initiative across the industry to address negative cultures and practices and all forms of discrimination to create a fair, inclusive and respectful industry for everyone.

The CITB has been working with diversity training specialist Constructing Equality to provide Be Fair assessments for 37 pilot companies of varying sizes.

Based on the hourly rates paid to men and women, ONS figures show that the five sectors with the highest pay differentials are:

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  • construction and building trades supervisors (33%)
  • architects (25%)
  • electrical and electronic technicians (24%)
  • glaziers, window fabricators and fitters (24%)
  • mobile machine drivers and operators (22%).

CITB fairness, inclusion and respect manager Kate Lloyd said: “What possible justification can there be for paying men and women different rates for doing what, to all intents and purposes, is the same job? As an industry, we need to address this issue, and fast. If we fail to bridge these wage gaps, we won’t be able to attract women into this industry or keep them. It’s as simple as that. The BeFair Framework, which will launch in June, will help construction companies be more aware of fairness, inclusion and respect issues including equal pay. It will help us to challenge the outdated perceptions of the construction industry so that we can create the workforce of the future.”

Constructing Equality managing director Chrissi McCarthy said: “We need to focus on retention and understand why women, compared to men, disproportionately leave the industry as their careers develop. Maternity is only responsible for a third of women leaving the sector so we must ask the question: ‘is the fact that we are paying women less, indicative of the fact that we value them less?’ If so, it’s likely that they will have noticed and we must therefore consider the impact that this has on their career choices.”

The companies that have been assessed as part of the pilot phase of the Be Fair Framework development are:

  • Graham
  • Wates
  • ISG
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Vinci
  • BAM
  • Mitie
  • Lend Lease
  • Decorous Painting Contractors
  • InterCeil Ltd  
  • Holloway Cook Associates
  • Highwire Ltd   
  • Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd   
  • Walter Carefoot and Sons Ltd   
  • Rodden & Cooper
  • J Sives Surfacing Ltd   
  • ASC Edinburgh Ltd  
  • Durkan Ltd  
  • Mineral Star Construction Ltd  
  • Southport Gate Ltd
  • Macform Ltd  
  • Admiral Scaffolding
  • MAC Roofing and Contracting Ltd  
  • Peri Ltd
  • Alexandra Tool Hire  
  • Cull Dry Lining & Plastering Ltd  
  • Currall, Lewis & Martin
  • MTM Construction Ltd
  • Penny Lane Builders Ltd
  • DCT Civil Engineering  
  • The Sovini Group  
  • K&M McLoughlin  
  • Meldrum Construction Services   
  • Safedem  
  • T and B (Contractors) Ltd
  • John Rodriguez Plastering Ltd  
  • R L Davies   

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