Elderly female residents and single women tell us they feel safer with women tradespeople working in their homes when we are refurbishing local authority estates with residents in occupation.

On our new-build sites, women workers are invariably dedicated and committed - they know they are in a minority and work hard to prove themselves.

Our industry still suffers from a poor reputation based on public perceptions of leery men wolf-whistling from building sites. Misogynistic attitudes from industry leaders will only keep us in the dark ages.

Julian Harajda, business development director, Durkan