Female construction workers are closing construction’s sex gap, according to an industry job agency.

Glasgow-based recruitment consultancy Jarvis King Associates has identified a significant rise in the number of women employed in construction, and those recruited are being employed on the same pay as male counterparts.

Zoe Hamilton, managing director of Jarvis King, said women were increasingly likely to find positions within the mechanical and electrical, architectural and surveying sectors.

Hamilton said: “A number of our female candidates have found positions within sectors that are traditionally male-dominated. This gender equality, both in terms of representation and parity of pay, seems to be increasingly common.”

She added that employing more women would help combat the current skills shortage.

She said: “Figures show that about 380,000 people are needed to fill the skills gap over the next five years. Companies like Atkins Global and Amey Infrastructure Services have already taken on a lot of women, which can only be good news”.