Supporting women in construction

Published: 8 March 2023

This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the exceptional women of GMG.

The construction industry has often been thought of as a male-dominated environment, but both the perception and the reality of that has changed in recent years. Still, there is much still to do.

ONS figures stated that last year, only 13% of construction workers in the UK were female. However, what was also notable, was that the number of women entering the industry was also increasing.

Initiatives and awareness are responsible for this change, but so have been the attitudes and efforts of construction companies themselves.

To mark International Women’s Day, we asked the women of GMG what it’s like being a woman in the construction industry today, and what advice they’d pass on to encourage other women entering the profession. Here’s what they said:

Victoria, Accountant

“Working in a male dominated industry can be challenging, but through hard work and determination, it can also be very rewarding.”

Lorraine, Administrator

“It’s all about getting around the obstacles that are presented to you!”

Emma, Building Surveyor

“Working in a male dominant profession can be difficult and presents its own challenges. Having a male role model made me want to change the scale. Today, I feel like I have been given the opportunity to do exactly that.”

Elis, Quantity Surveyor

“It is empowering to break stereotypes, working hard within a male dominated field only provides opportunities for more women to do it too!”

Brooke, Administrator

“Look for opportunities, not for other people’s approvals.”

Victoria, Lorraine, Emma, Elis and Brooke from the GMG team pose for a group photo
Brooke, Elis, Emma, Lorraine and Victoria outside GMG headquarters in Glasgow
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