International Women's Day
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International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
This is particularly important in the UK construction industry, where there are still only:
• 3% of women in manual trades
• 5% of women in engineering
• 8% of women in haulage
• 12% of women in professional roles.
It’s clear from these numbers that a lot more has to be done in order to encourage more women into the industry and make it a more diverse and inclusive profession as a whole.
Here at JMAC we recognise that having a diverse workforce is essential and beneficial to the success of our company. Women are a viable component of the construction industry & it is important for women to see construction as a new avenue for work and building a successful career.
Kelly Saunders, Office Manager at JMAC Scaffolding shared some words on International Women’s Day.
“Approaching my fourth year at JMAC and have never looked back. I joined JMAC Safety Systems employed as a part time administrator to now being a full time Office Manager for both JMAC Safety Systems Ltd and JMAC Scaffolding Ltd over seeing other Administration Managers and Heads of Departments as well as the personal assistant to Managing Director Luis McCarthy.
My job role is so varied, every day at JMAC is not the same, I’m learning everyday allowing me to enhance my own personal skills on an ongoing basis.
One of my favourite things working at JMAC is the people. We are a team, everybody is very supportive of one another and I believe this is because we have a fantastic balance of both talented male and females, seeing more women join the business and excel at JMAC over the years has been great.
If any Women reading this post have concerns in joining the construction industry you should definitely consider your options, there is something in construction for everyone. Stand out, be different and follow your dreams
I do not see any difference between female and males in adding any greater value to the industry. I do find it astonishing to read that there is still a stigma with women working in the construction industry in what I consider at a time of living in a modern society.
We all need to encourage women to start a career in this industry and today is a perfect day to call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
So please join me today to take the time of applauding those women who make a difference on a daily basis and encourage those who are wanting to pursue construction as their career
Happy International Women’s Day!”