Women are the key to filling skills gaps

Woolnough, Roisin
May 2004
Personnel Today;5/11/2004, p8
Trade Publication
Employers in the construction, engineering, IT and plumbing industries need to recruit more women if they are to overcome critical skills shortages. Likewise, the childcare industry needs to attract more men to plug its skills gap. Caroline Slowcock, chief executive at the Equal Opportunities Commission, says human resources professionals in these industries need to ensure their recruitment, retention and equal opportunity policies provide the right culture and image. Only 1 per cent of the construction workforce is female, yet the industry is facing a massive skills shortage. INSET: Durkan builds a case for diversity.


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