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Title: THE INFLUENCE OF GENDER-DISCRIMINATION PERCEPTION ON THE RETENTION OF FEMALE MANAGERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Authors: LEE YUAN QI CARINA
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
George Ofori
2014/2015 PFM
Issue Date: 17-Jun-2015
Citation: LEE YUAN QI CARINA (2015-06-17). THE INFLUENCE OF GENDER-DISCRIMINATION PERCEPTION ON THE RETENTION OF FEMALE MANAGERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The construction industry has a male-dominated workforce. This feature is evident in Singapore as well. As the manpower shortage in the construction industry becomes increasingly prevalent, there is a need to implement measures to address to the shortage. Currently, there are more female than male graduates from the Project and Facilities Management (PFM) programme of the National University of Singapore (NUS). However, there is an under-representation of females in the construction industry as managers. Hence, it would appear that women constitute an untapped resource for the construction industry in Singapore. Despite the crucial manpower shortage, the construction industry continues to be male dominated due to its masculine culture. In addition, the strong preference for male managers has hindered the entry and retention of female managers. As a result, female managers have sought jobs in other industries which offer them prospects for better career advancement. This dissertation examined the differing perception of gender discrimination between males and females, and investigated its impact on the retention of female managers in the construction industry. A quantitative research method in the form of a questionnaire was adopted. The target group of the questionnaire was recent graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Through the analysis of the responses, there is a strong difference in perception between females and males regarding gender-discrimination in the work-place at Singapore’s construction industry. The difference in perception could be the reason for the persistent masculine culture in the industry. It is recommended that all three parties – females, males and firm to be involved in the major human resource policy planning in the construction industry. The involvement of these three stakeholders will encourage well-balanced considerations when implementing human resource policies in the construction industry.
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