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Flexible working “key” to retaining women: RICS

RICS has identified flexible working as the key to retaining and attracting female surveyors.

The body conducted a survey which found 48 per cent of respondents voting flexible working as the top recommendation to encourage and retain female staff in the property and construction sector.

This was followed by the need for firms to raise awareness of their successful female colleagues at 31 per cent, ‘wider pay gap reporting’ at 14 per cent and improving return to work programmes at 7 per cent.

The body adds that women currently make up 14 per cent of the construction industry’s workforce.

RICS head of future talent, diversity & inclusion Barry Cullen says: “Unfortunately, we see the highest proportion of female chartered surveyors leave the profession between the ages of 28 to 35, most likely to raise a family and/or pursue a career change that fits around their family life.

“However, with the right network of support, these skilled and experienced women should be given the opportunity to return to the industry, and gain any new skills or knowledge required to do their job effectively.

“Employers need to realise that offering flexible working can go a long way in helping to retain talented men and women who have parental responsibilities as it often increases employee morale, engagement, and commitment to the organisation.”

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