The makeup of the workforce has changed significantly over the last decade, and the skilled trades have changed along with it. In this post, we’ll discuss the value of female skilled trades workers and how they can be an excellent source of talent for your construction company.
Women have been historically underrepresented in the skilled construction trades, and that’s still the case. But that stat is beginning to change.
Here are some of the reasons why:
The pandemic hit women disproportionately, and they are now coming back to work.
Many women, especially primary caregivers for children, had to quit their jobs over the last two years. But women are coming back into the workforce in record numbers now, and the trades can be a great career choice.
Explore the Trades recently stated, “The plumbing, HVAC, and electric industries’ urgent need for skilled workers creates opportunities for women to enter and advance in these fields. Increasing the overall number of women working in the trades will also help to fill the imminent gap in the labor force that will be created with record-levels of upcoming retirements of skilled tradespeople. Jobs in the trades provide women with a chance for meaningful work with high wages. A woman can expect to earn 20 to 30 percent more in a skilled trade career.”
Women are coming into the trades for the same reasons as men: opportunity.
Women see opportunity in the trades, just like their male counterparts—and that’s just good for the industry. The construction rental giants at Big Rentz recently stated, “As new construction industry jobs are expected to balloon by almost 2 million in 2022, companies are looking to recruit more women than ever before to bring their skill sets into the field.”
Women are excellent skilled trades workers
Women make excellent skilled trades workers, and there is plenty of opportunity in the construction workforce right now. No matter what type of skilled trade you specialize in, the opportunities are there for women in the industry.
Contact Skilled Trades Partners Today
Are you a woman looking for a great skilled trades job or a new project? Maybe you’re just starting out in the trades. No matter where you’re at in your career, we can help. Skilled Trades Partners is not your typical skilled trades construction recruitment agency. We’re built on blue-collar respect! You are worth full benefits like vacation, sick days, holiday pay, medical/dental insurance, and a ton of much-deserved perks. We PARTNER with you at STP. Contact us today at one of our four New England office locations.