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February 7, 2024
In celebration of the seventh annual National Women in Roofing Day, held Feb. 4-5 in Las Vegas ahead of the International Roofing Expo, Fixr released a compilation of facts and figures on women in the roofing industry and the challenges and opportunities they face.
Women make up less than 5% of the roofing industry. According to Zippia’s roofer demographics and statistics, approximately 4.6% of roofers are female, highlighting a significant gender disparity within the industry.
The percentage of female roofers in the industry has remained relatively stable over the last decade. Percentages increased noticeably from 2017 to 2018, taking a dip in 2019. There was a clear anomaly in 2020, says Fixr, as the pandemic hit and women suddenly made up approximately 12% of the roofing workforce. Despite that anomaly, the percentage of women in roofing has since reverted to levels similar to those in 2016, when the industry comprised around 5% of female roofers.
Challenges faced by women in the industry include the gender pay gap, a shortage of role models and gender bias and stereotypes. Compared to the national average of 84 cents for every dollar, the gender pay gap in the roofing sector is relatively low. Women earn approximately 94 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. Meanwhile, visible female role models play a crucial role in offering guidance and mentorship, which is especially important considering more than 45% of women in construction have never worked with female construction managers. Research also suggests women are the victims of 60% of gender discrimination cases in the workplace, and the roofing industry is no exception, says Fixr.
Fixr’s report closes with reminders of the benefits for women considering a career in roofing, including the promising growth of the industry, the skilled labor shortage creating openings for new workers and the support of organizations dedicated to fostering inclusivity and growth in the industry.
Editor, Infrastructure & Construction, Informa Markets
Kaitlin Schuler has nearly a decade of experience as an editor and journalist. Prior to joining Informa, Schuler served as special projects editor for Professional Remodeler magazine and, previously, editor for the American Nuclear Society. She earned a master's in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. She now resides in southwest Michigan with her fiancé and 12-year-old cat.
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