The trades were once viewed as a male-centric and decidedly unfriendly to females. That is fortunately changing in the United Kingdom, while women remain under-represented in trade professions, their prospects are improving. Data from the Office for National Statistics indicate that women held around 10% of jobs in the skilled trades between April and June 2013. This figure, although concerning, is evidence that women make up a sizeable minority in the trades, and, as in the Unites States, their prominence could increase with labour shortages.
Women’s Representation Varies
The prevalence of women in the skilled trades varies from one industry to the next and is sometimes higher when blue and white collar positions are taken into account. For example, while the average is about 10% across all skilled trades, a report from The Independent indicates that women hold 14% of construction jobs when white collared positions, such as surveying and architecture are considered.
Trades Offer Higher Earning Potential
Regardless of industry, women have the potential to earn far more as trade employees than in traditionally female dominated professions. Reed reports an annual salary of £29,513 for construction workers and £33,210 for building service maintenance professionals, compared to just £20,812 for those who hold secretarial positions. As the trades continue to grow more female friendly, women in the UK can expect to take home better pat and a greater sense of satisfaction.
The cost of learning a trade is a considerable amount cheaper than participating in a College/University degree and it allows you to get on the career path faster and with a fraction of the debt.
Change of Career
In trade careers, there aren’t age prejudice’s, meaning it is perfect for a mid-age career change. In the US, under 20% of trade workers are under 35.
Throughout the trade industry are endless amounts of support for women, meaning that it is definitely a career path that should be considered. A trade career holds the benefits of different ends of the spectrum, from pay to self satisfaction.