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Women in Construction

There is a significant shortage of women entering the construction industry. Phelan hopes to change this, as well as improve the workplace for our existing female employees.

Phelan Construction recruit and promote women in the workplace because of the strengths they bring to the construction industry.


In 2022, reports indicate that only 11% of construction jobs are held by women.


In the UK, 15.52 million women aged 16+ were in employment in October to December 2021, according to the ONS UK Labour Market bulletin. Female employment rate 72.2%


Housebuilder Keepmoat commissioned a survey which revealed that only 13% of women aged 16-35 would consider a construction career.

Despite women comprising over 50% of the UK population, only 11% make up the construction workforce.

To tackle this on numerous levels, we have launched our ambitious and long-standing ‘Women in Construction’ initiative. This involves conducting internal reviews and building strategies to support, mentor, hire and encourage the women within our organisation. It also means working actively with young girls throughout their education; whether that’s school trips to live sites or providing female mentors for our junior staff. Our careers brochure showcases visuals of both men and women and aims to inspire young girls to see the myriad ways in which construction can be a financially rewarding and engaging industry to work in.

At Phelan, we are committed to improving the number of women working within construction. The industry has come a long way when it comes to the representation of women, but there is still more to be done and we need more women in construction to reflect the society we live in.

Kieran O'Phelan, Managing Director