Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Rated People reveals what it’s like to work as a tradeswoman in the UK and takes a stand against the shockingly low representation of women in the trades industry.
- 39% of tradeswomen say they’re not taken seriously because of their gender and almost one in 10 say customers have refused to let them do a job because they’re a woman
- Just 1% of carpenters are women and less than 2% of electricians and plumbers are women
- Across 15 key trades in the industry, women earn just 72% of what men do – for floorers and tilers, this drops to 41%
- Change is on the horizon though – 32% of women would now consider working as a tradeswoman and women admissions to trade apprenticeships have increased by 27%
- Rated People has launched its new ‘Rated People Empowering Tradeswomen Programme’ to help change attitudes and make it easier for more women to get into and thrive in the industry