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04 May 20211 minute read

Minister warns of post-COVID pay gap

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Minister warns of post-COVID pay gap

Women’s minister Baroness Berridge has urged construction firms to make sure women are not being unfairly set back in their careers post-COVID.

Speaking to Building, Baroness Berridge said: “We've all got to be aware of the potential disparity of effect because of caring responsibilities that women carry more often than men.

“Certainly, firms are going to have to work hard. And from the construction firms I've spoken to, they certainly seem prepared to do that. They've told me construction is about problem solving and they've actually had to get around some of the issues by being more flexible through covid meaning there could be a good outcome.”

She recommended that the industry introduce a range of measures to attract more women to the industry, including flexible working arrangements, better welfare facilities on site, and increased promotion of construction careers to school age girls.