We all know the stereotypes of the sexist construction worker, wolf whistling females as they walk by.
But these days, the construction industry is working hard to shed its sexist image of the past and whilst you are at it, did you know that a lot of the things you believed about the industry were also untrue?
CONSTRUCTION IS SEXIST
As we mentioned, in the past, the construction industry had a deeply sexist reputation. But all that is changing now and construction workers are required to be respectful in their conduct at all times.
IT IS HARD FOR A WOMAN TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION
Following on from the sexist myth, is also the belief that construction is only a career choice for males.
Although the industry is predominantly male, in 2016, 9.1% of the workforce in the industry was female.
The gender pay gap for construction is also narrower than it is in other industries, with a woman earning 95.7% of a man’s average earnings, compared to the national average of a woman earning only 81.1% of a man’s earnings.
Obviously, this could still be better, but it is streets ahead of most other businesses.
CONSTRUCTION IS FOR PEOPLE WITH NO QUALIFICATIONS
No, this is not true. Although it is true that it is possible to learn on the job and complete an apprenticeship in construction, there is still a learning requirement and qualifications are expected.
If someone enters the trade without the necessary certifications, they will usually be expected to study toward them as part of their training.
There are also many roles for graduates within the construction industry.
THERE IS NO CAREER ADVANCEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION
This is one of the most pernicious myths about construction and it is simply not true.
There are plenty of opportunities for someone to advance up the ranks within construction. And also, there is far more opportunity for a construction worker to take their skills and start their own company, a lot more easily, than there is in other industries and businesses.
CONSTRUCTION WORK IS DANGEROUS
Although there is no getting away from the element of danger in construction, if all the health and safety guidelines are followed properly, it should be minimized.
Check out the safety record of the company that you are seeking employment with, before working there. Never consider working for somewhere that does not take safety in construction seriously.