Equal employment opportunity and its links to the participation of women in the construction industry : the case of Australia

French, Erica L. & Strachan, Glenda (2013) Equal employment opportunity and its links to the participation of women in the construction industry : the case of Australia. In 6th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference: Social Solidarity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 1 – 3 July 2013, Athens, Greece.

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Australia is currently experiencing a resources boom and jobs in the male dominated fields of construction and engineering are at a premium. Employment in the construction industry, historically and today, is overwhelmingly male and, with an ageing population this predominately older male workforce will be retiring in greater numbers in the coming decade. Despite more that 25 years of anti- discrimination legislation and equal opportunity legislation these industries still employ few women in operational roles. This paper investigates the issue of the low representation of women in the construction industry. Our investigation involves the analysis of 95 organisation progress reports on the equal opportunity strategic programs in the construction industry. Findings indicate that this industry is not engaging with equal employment opportunity programs and further that equity outcomes for women in the industry are not evident.

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ID Code: 63116
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Equal Employment Opportunity, Women, Construction Industry, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2013 00:31
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 16:50

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