By Cotney Construction Law.
The construction industry has always been male-dominated. When narrowing down the sectors, an even smaller percentage of women work in the roofing industry – a 2014 study shows that only 0.5% of roofers in the U.S. are female. But more and more women are joining the industry and these women are making a difference in the industry.
In recent years, the construction industry has been facing a labor shortage. The recession eliminated millions of construction jobs, and although our country has recovered, it seems as if the younger generations have little desire to work in the construction industry.
Women play a significant role in filling this labor void. Many women can withstand the physical demands of the job, and others excel in administrative and leadership positions. Recruiting and hiring more women for construction industry jobs can help minimize the impact of the labor shortage.
Another benefit of women in the industry is the ability to relate to female clients. There’s an ugly stereotype that female customers can often get overcharged because they have little knowledge of the traditionally male-dominated industry. By having female representation, you can help prospective female clients feel at ease and alleviate their fears of being overcharged.
More and more resources are becoming available for women in construction. For instance, National Women in Roofing (NWIR) was established to support female roofing professionals. This group’s goals are recruiting, networking, education, and mentoring, so that women who are just joining the industry have resources to fall back on.
While the construction industry is still male-dominated, more and more women are getting involved and helping to transform the industry.
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