Hard hat revolution: women targeted to fill vacancies as housebuilding revives

Record numbers of female workers are finding opportunities as the construction industry makes recovery from recession

More women than ever are donning hard hats to work in property and construction. But in an industry faced with widespread skills shortages triggered by the latest spurt of housebuilding, progress has not always been rapid.

“The industry is changing and it is changing for the better,” says Avni Mehta, deputy project manager on a £500m housing project at 190 Strand in central London. Seven of the 20 people on her team at developer St Edward are women – architects, people working on the commercial side or in administration. “That’s quite a high percentage for what would be considered a male-dominated industry,” she says.

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