Gender balance in the construction workplace

The number of women working in construction in New Zealand has doubled in the past 15 years.  Despite this less than one in five construction professionals is female.  Quantity surveying has traditionally been a male dominated construction profession.  However, more women are qualifying as quantity surveyors and pursuing careers in construction.  In 2017 the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors reported a rise in female memberships and the organisation aims to increase awareness of the profession being an excellent career option for both women and men.  It appears that the gender tide is slowly but surely turning.

Kwanto has long supported gender diversity and recognises the benefits of an inclusive workplace.  Several female quantity surveyors have contributed to the success of the company over the past decade.  Back in 2010, the New Zealand Herald interviewed one of our female quantity surveyors about her role in construction (article).  Today, the team includes two female quantity surveyors, Leila and Caroline, who both play important technical leadership roles.  Overall, the team is almost in perfect gender balance when Maria (business manager) and Angela (office administrator) are added to the equation!

According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) the possibility of construction careers needs to be introduced to girls at an early age.  Having role models and celebrating inspirational women are ways to spark the interest of future female leaders in the industry.  It is hoped that the fourth annual NAWIC Excellence Awards will do just that.  The ceremony celebrates the achievements of women in a variety of construction roles and will be held on 17 August in Auckland.  We wish all award nominees well for this prestigious event.




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