WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY
These industries are currently facing a critical skills shortage and the level of growth in jobs is set to continue. Currently only small percentage of jobs in the mining, oil and gas, construction and rail industries are filled by women. Increasing the participation of women in the sector is seen as a key strategy to address the current skills shortage. Many companies are looking to improve their recruitment and retention of women as they recognise the significant opportunities to increase business productivity through increasing women’s participation in the sector.
INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
Employment in the mining, oil and gas, construction and rail industries are often characterised by its remote working environments, hard physical labour and long work shifts. In the past, this has contributed to discouraging women from working in the the mining, oil and gas, construction and rail industries, especially if they have children to take care of. Many companies are working hard to redress these and other issues preventing women’s participation.
New opportunities for women are being created through:
- Comfortable working conditions
- Excellent pay rates
- Gender-inclusive work environments
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES
Despite these new opportunities, it’s important for women to be aware of the challenges they and men may still face working in the the mining, oil and gas, construction and rail industries. Living away from home and loved ones can put pressure on relationships. Long hours and shift work can take its toll, especially on working mothers who must return home to the proverbial ‘second shift’. But if you can master the balance between family demands and these industries workload, the income advantages and flexible work packages may allow a better lifestyle overall.