Research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reveals that a third of homeowners would hire a female builder, as opposed to a male counterpart.
The new figures has gauged opinions of people about female builders and tradespeople, and the results show that the industry ought to attract more women into construction.
Nationwide, 30% of respondents to the FMB’s survey said they would feel more positive about hiring a female builder to complete work on their home.
Chief amongst the reasons for this is 46% of respondents want to support women working in non-traditional job roles.
The fact that approximately two thirds of the general public identify themselves as ‘gender blind’ when choosing somebody to work on their property shows that even more women in construction would be welcomed. Simultaneously, it does show that others need educating.
Across the UK, the results are even better; in Northern Ireland, more than a third of homeowners would prefer a female tradesperson. This is the same in London, and for Wales and Scotland, more than a quarter say they would choose a female builder over a male counterpart.
The results of the survey do however, reiterate the need to do more to get women to work in construction. According to the figures, 30% fewer people would encourage their daughter to pursue a career in the industry than their sons.
And Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, says the skills shortage won’t be alleviated until the construction industry can appeal to women.
“The construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage and until we appeal to women – who obviously make up 50% of the population – we’re unlikely to dig ourselves out of this skills hole.
“Despite feeling more positive about hiring a female tradesperson, 30% fewer people would encourage their daughter to pursue a career in construction than their sons.
“In 2018, this attitude is outdated and denies thousands of women a potentially rewarding career.”