More than half of women in construction have been harassed, Hays recruitment consultant reveals 

The Telegraph reports on how more than half of women working in construction have experienced harassment or victimisation during their career, based a new survey, carried out by Hays recruitment consultants.

The Telegraph writes:

The survey, conducted by recruitment consultant Hays, found 55pc of women had suffered sexual discrimination, while 31pc said they had experienced it in the past year. A majority of women (56pc) said they had experienced harassment or victimisation, compared with 36pc of men. The survey was answered by 600 women and 300 men in November last year. Ann Bentley, global director for construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknell, said she was not shocked by the findings.

Ms Bentley told Building magazine, which commissioned the survey: ‘When you tell most well-meaning men about this kind of thing they’re absolutely staggered, they say ‘no, no, this doesn’t happen anymore’. Women know it does. It only takes a very small number of harassers to have this impact.’

Polling by Opinium Research in November revealed 20pc of women had experienced sexual harassment in UK workplaces, falling to 7pc for men….

The gender pay gap has also come under scrutiny, with BBC China editor Carrie Gracie’s resignation this week over unequal pay highlighting the issue….

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