New study reveals a 366% increase in UK tradeswomen

A new study by GoCompare Van has found a growing increase in the number of females taking on ‘trade jobs’ in the UK.

The study analysed the biggest trade jobs women are stepping into identified a rise in the number of women learning the trade younger. Results found there has been a 366% increase in young females taking on apprenticeships in construction and engineering in the past five years.

For course starters in 2019/20, there were 10,170 females in construction and a further 45,010 enrolling in engineering. However, there’s still a huge difference in pay across males and females in the construction and trade industry, GoCompare Van found.

Women are most likely to become painters, plumbers and heating experts, the research found. As a percentage split of all trades, plumbing and heating accounted for 28% of tradeswomen at present.

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