1st Edition

Managing Diversity and Equality in Construction Initiatives and Practice

Edited By Andrew W. Gale, Marilyn J. Davidson Copyright 2006
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    With women in the UK construction industry constituting just thirteen per cent of the workforce and black and Asian workers numbering less that two per cent, despite representing more than six per cent of the working population, diversity is a problem that the construction industry needs to tackle directly.

    In this title, diversity management is presented as an opportunity for the construction industry. Work is presented from several different countries and regions, in North America, Australia and Europe to provide a comprehensive picture of this complex and often sensitive issue. Going beyond the traditional topics of gender and racial discrimination contributions encompass a wide range of diversity issues facing the construction industry, including sexual orientation, disability and the work-life balance.

    Essential reading for construction managers and a valuable resource for post-graduate researchers, this key title provides not only a thorough exposition of contemporary research but also supplies the practical diagnostic tools, and techniques to successfully manage diversity in construction and the information to adhere to the law.

    Contents  Introduction  1. An Introduction to Diversity Marilyn J Davidson, Andrew W Gale  Section I: Diversity and the Law  2. Discrimination Law and the Construction Industry Anne Ruff  3. Diversity in the Employment Relationship Malcolm Sargeant Section 2: Gender and Equality  4. Social Exclusion – Women in Construction Clara Greed  5. Women’s and Men’s Careers in the UK Construction Industry: A Comparative Analysis Andrew R.J. Dainty, Barbara M. Bagilhole  6. Women in Civil Engineering Suzanne Wilkinson  7. Women in Surveying and Planning: Creating Diversity Clara Greed  8. Women in Manual Trades Linda Clarke, Elizabeth Michielsens, Christine Wall  9. Promoting Diversity in Construction by Supporting Employees' Work-Life Balance Helen Lingard, Valerie Francis  Section III Race Disability and Equality  10. Race, Ethnic Minorities and the Construction Industry Andy Steele, Dianne Sodhi  11. Embracing Diversity Through the Employment of Disabled People – the Missed Opportunity? Marcus Ormerod, Rita Newton  Managing and Implementing Diversity 12. Equality in the Social Housing Sector Sandi Rhys Jones, OBE  13. Formulating and Implementing Diversity in Contractor’s Organisation: A Case Study Chrissie Chadney  14. Government Initiatives and Tool Kits Sandi Rhys Jones, OBE  Appendices  Appendix I: Building Equality in Construction Good Practice Guidelines for Building Contractors and Housing Associations Davey, C., Davidson, M., Gale, A., Hopley, A. and RhysJones, S.  Appendix II: A Race Equality in Construction Good Practice Guidelines for Building Contractors and Housing Associations Somerville, P., Davey, C., Sodhi, D., Steele, A. S., Gale, A.W., Davidson, M.J. and Rhys Jones


    Andrew W. Gale is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Management and Built Environment Academic Interest Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Health Monitoring and Through Life Support Research Group in MACE, as well as the Programme Executive for the MSc in Project Management Professional Development Programme.

    Marilyn J. Davidson is Professor of Work Psychology, Head of the Psychology Group and the Director of the Centre for Diversity and Work Psychology at the Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. Her research interests include equal opportunities, diversity(race and gender), women in management , female entrepreneurs and gender issues in occupational stress. She has published over 150 academic articles and 19 books.

    'Well structured ... A comprehensive practical resource for those involved in the industry.'Building Engineer

    'Managers with responsibility for recruiting, training and supervising staff, and academics involved in education of people at all levels in the various branches of the built environment professions, should have this book on their desks for day-to-day reference.' - Construction Management and Economics