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Title: GENDER INEQUALITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Authors: LIM JIA ING CLAUDIA
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Ling Yean Yng Florence
2014/2015 PFM
Gender Inequality
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2015
Citation: LIM JIA ING CLAUDIA (2015-06-25). GENDER INEQUALITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Gender inequality is a pressing issue that is affecting the manpower pool in the construction industry. The ratio of male to female employees within the industry remains skewed towards the males, and results in an imbalance. The aim of this dissertation is to address the issue of gender inequality by establishing whether there is significant difference between cross perceptions and self-perceptions of men and women which may affect women’s decision of leaving or staying on in the construction industry. The hypotheses are: there is significant difference in views for men and women; and women’s decision to leave or stay in the industry is affected by the issues they face. The objectives are to: (i) explore self-perceptions of both men and women in the construction industry, (ii) examine cross perceptions of men and women on the opposite sex with respect to their jobs in the construction industry, (iii) compare both their views to identify misconceptions, (iv) give suggestions to reduce the gender imbalance and clarify misconceptions and encourage women to stay in the construction industry. A literature review was carried out and it was used to design the questionnaire. The data collection was conducted via emails, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings with the respondents, after which the SPSS software was utilized to analyze the results. The statistical tests include ANOVA and one-sample t-test. Research findings showed that women’s decision to stay or leave the industry is not significantly affected by the issues they face, but men felt that these issues affect women more than what women actually felt. Also, there are significant differences on how they perceive issues like conditions of the workplace, positions suitable for women, men receiving higher pay and gender discrimination. Recommendations were given to improve communication through ways like informal meetings, gatherings and seminars. Female respondents were recommended to take proactive stance towards communication while male respondents were recommended to show support and affirm women’s position
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