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Women’s careers in large construction companies: expectations unfulfilled?

Andrew R.J. Dainty (School of the Built Environment, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)
Richard H. Neale (School of the Built Environment, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK)
Barbara M. Bagilhole (Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



The UK construction industry has significantly increased the number of women that it attracts, due to an active marketing campaign by the industry’s representative bodies. However, this initiative does not appear to have been based on sound empirical evidence that women professionals will be afforded equal opportunities once they have entered the industry. This article reports on a research project which explored women’s careers in construction. Interviews were held with over 40 matched pairs of male and female construction professionals in order to establish the gender differentiated influences on career progression within the industry. The analysis revealed a hostile and discriminatory environment for women, in which pressures created by the demanding work environment were compounded by overt resentment from male managers and colleagues. It is argued that women’s careers are unlikely to progress in parity with men’s until the male culture of the industry has been moderated.



Dainty, A.R.J., Neale, R.H. and Bagilhole, B.M. (1999), "Women’s careers in large construction companies: expectations unfulfilled?", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 7, pp. 353-358.




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