An increase in female role models is needed to improve workplace equality, according to new research.
A new study, commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), found that of those surveyed 43 per cent believed that the appointment of a woman as prime minister would help to improve gender diversity in business.
However, the poll also found that more than two in five young women believe that their gender will hold them back within their career. The survey also found that 42 per cent thought they would be paid less than their male counterparts because of their gender.
In comparison, just three per cent of males surveyed thought that they would be paid less than a woman doing the same job, with 20 per cent believing that they would be paid more.
The survey, which questioned over a 1,000 young people in the UK aged between 13 to 22, also found that 40 per cent of women and 39 per cent of men did not believe that the property, building and construction industry is very diverse.
Commenting on the results of the new research, RICS president Amanda Clack said, “Speaking as a woman in construction, I can say with confidence that this is not just a job for boys.”
“However, the need for diversity at the very top is clear.”
“As now the president of Rics, and someone who happens to be female, I reflect back on when I first entered the profession, there were no strong female role models.”
‘Yet according to our survey, a quarter of young women believe they will do better under the leadership of a female CEO and they want to see visible female role models.”
“With a female prime minister in the UK and a woman in the running for the US presidency, we are seeing great female role models at the very highest level – with the potential impact that can have on workplace diversity apparent.”
Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive at RICS, added, “This survey reveals that the construction and property industries are still suffering from a reputational image crisis.”
“We need to do more to encourage young women into these key sectors and smash the clear perception of a glass ceiling.”