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How can we diversify the quantity surveying industry?

Diversity can be a strategic advantage to any company, allowing access to a broader range of opinions, ideas and approaches to problems, opening the door to more creative solutions. The construction industry has historically been synonymous with perpetuating out-dated behaviours and boasting an almost solely male workforce, however, in recent years, things have changed. More women than ever are now working across various sectors within the industry and companies are actively implementing changes which aim to change outdated attitudes and improve the working environment to further encourage a diverse range of people.

One of the key takeaways for companies trying to improve their diversity within their workforce, it is important to remember that diversity breeds diversity. By ensuring opportunities are available and accessible, alongside promoting a healthy workplace, companies can begin to improve their diversity internally and support it within the wider industry.

State of the industry

The Construction Industry Council’s 2016 report; A Blueprint for Change revealed that only 14% of the entire construction workforce in the UK is female employees, which had risen from 13.5% in 2009. This lowly growth is far from impressive, and although the under-25’s age group of women in construction is growing the most rapidly, companies need to make a much more sustained effort to not only increase the number of women recruited but also developing strategies to retain them. Women need to be included in progression plans, implementing a solid structure which demonstrates how this will be achieved to reach senior leadership positions.

Architecture and design have seen significant increases in female talent, with a much more balanced overall workforce in these areas; however, quantity surveying and project management sectors are still very male-dominated. Although the best talent in the industry should be those who move forward and earn their spot, the industry should also recognise that they need more women in leadership and senior management professional roles and should seek to improve how they engage with the female population.

The industry must make an active effort to engage with women from an early age, improve the overall image of the sector to reduce the intimidating connotations and work closely with schools to promote the benefits of a career in the sector. Through promoting the changes to the industry culture and the potential career prospects, construction and quantity surveying can more effectively attract women into roles and reduce the knowledge gap.

Importance of diversification

The industry is in desperate need of diversification. The benefit of diversification, aside from the importance of improving accessibility to roles to people of all demographics, is that it brings new ideas and improves the sustainability of the industry.

Companies are choosing to push more focus onto the younger members of the industry to grow the leaders of tomorrow, within these efforts they are increasing the opportunities to network, putting an increased emphasis on career development and establishing groups to offer extra support.

Readdressing the gender balance and improving inclusivity is paramount to businesses in the sector. An ageing workforce has forced the hands of many employers, who may have otherwise not changed, and lead to the requirement for a more diverse workforce to be established. Diversity needs first to be embedded into the company culture, across the board, without this, the wider changes will not fall into place.

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What Does a Post-Brexit Construction Industry look like?

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What is the Northern Powerhouse and how could it boost the economy?

The Northern Powerhouse proposal refers to the plan put forward designed to boost economic growth across cities in the North of England, developed by the coalition government in 2010-2016 and the conservative government between 2015-2017.

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How will HS2 benefit the UK public and businesses?

The world leading HS2 will see Britain, once again, propel the rail operations into the future. As the birthplace of the modern railway, it is right and fitting that the country will see the next step in rail travel take form, right here on home soil.
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Leeds City Region economic growth leads to more development projects

Leeds is quickly becoming one of the regions to watch, not just the in the North of England but across the whole of the UK. Brands are quickly setting up offices in the city and wider region due to the increased awareness around the offerings of the area.
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Why are quantity surveyors important in construction projects

Building projects, whether they are large or small, require a qualified and experienced individual on hand to be able to oversee budgets, provide resource management and advise on the best practice for reducing waste, amongst a whole further array of skills.
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Why study quantity surveying as an undergraduate?

With a depleting number of graduates leaving university with property surveying and construction orientated degrees, the demand created by a surge of build projects during the economic recovery has lead to the need to drive more undergraduates to want to work in this sector. 

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Importance of dispute avoidance in the construction sector

Disputes can be lengthy and costly for businesses, particularly in construction where there are so many moving parts to the workforce that it can be all the more common for disputes to arise.

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The importance of quantity surveying in sustainable construction

Within the building and construction industry, sustainability is currently the key buzzword. Due to a rapidly increasing population, there is a bigger focus on creating buildings that will continue to benefit people and the environment for years to come and with pressure groups placing increased scrutiny on building companies, it is critical for these construction businesses to employ a quantity surveyor.

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What are the benefits of green building projects?

Green building constructions are quickly increasing in demand and popularity, with brands and global companies becoming more socially conscious and aware of their impact on the environment and an increased pressure from groups has placed higher expectancies of global businesses to positively contribute to the world and take accountability for their carbon footprint.

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