Look, it’s no secret that the construction industry is traditionally male dominated. While there’s been strides of change, a reduction of the gender pay gap from 16% to 7% (as per latest figures), there’s still a way to go. This International Women’s Day serves as a powerful reminder of the strides we’ve made towards gender equality and the work that still lies ahead. In the construction industry, historically dominated by men, the journey towards inclusivity and diversity is tough. At EstimateOne, we’re committed to not just discussing inclusion, but actively embodying it, as highlighted by Zaiga Finnis, our Chief Customer and Commercial Officer:

“In my journey navigating the construction industry from interior designer to my current role at E1, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of supportive workplace communities that empower women. Building networks, seeking mentors and career sponsors, and staying updated on industry activities are crucial for career progression.

It’s vital to offer professional development, mentoring, and opportunities to foster inclusivity for all. With 50% of our senior leadership team and executives being women, we’re not just talking about inclusion, we’re living it.”

Zaiga’s experience stresses the importance of creating environments where women can thrive. At EstimateOne, we understand that empowering women goes beyond hiring; it’s about nurturing their growth, ensuring they have access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts, and recognising their contributions to our industry’s innovation and success.

Let’s use this International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in construction while acknowledging the road ahead. Together, we can challenge stereotypes, fight bias, and broaden perceptions. Join us in building a construction industry where everyone, regardless of gender, can construct a successful and fulfilling career.