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Scot Pittaway takes out Leader in Gender Diversity in Industry Award
Scot Pittaway, Managing Director of Intact Group, was named winner of the Leader in Gender Diversity in Industry Award at the FM Industry Awards held in Melbourne last month.
Recognising that the construction industry is the most male-dominated sector in Australia, Mr Pittaway has been a passionate gender diversity advocate for more than 10 years in his industry and as Managing Director of Intact Group, personally involved in directly addressing this issue within his organisation.
“I am thrilled with our achievements as a business and my win at the FM Industry Awards. I recognise however that this is not enough and at Intact Group we are committed to placing emphasis on attracting and retaining more women into our business and the construction industry,” says Mr Pittaway.
It’s an unfortunate reality for female professionals whereby construction has been described as “Australia’s last frontier.”
In 2016 women represented only 12% of the workforce, and this was a decrease from 17% in 2006 (ABS 2016, ABS 2006). Of these figures, among professional and managerial roles, women represent a mere 14% of staff (ABS 2012).
“All in all, the construction industry looks like this: Men dominate senior ‘technical’, operational careers, while women congregate in junior, support roles and non-fee-earning professions such as HR and marketing.
“This is the sad reality of my industry, and an issue that the management team at Intact Group is striving to transform,” says Mr Pittaway.
Mr Pittaway is proud to announce that Intact Group is making headway with these diversity statistics:
• Intact Group’s senior management board has a 50:50 gender split.
• 25% of the workforce is female with 12 trade service management and coordination positions filled by women.
• Intact Group’s office based clerical and accounts staff have a healthy 50:50 gender split in the makeup of accounts staff, and a 40:60 split of men to women in data entry and reception.
“While wanting to increase female representation, we acknowledge the challenges to locate, recruit and retain females to work with us in the trade services industry on the tools and in management positions. That is why we are currently looking at innovative new ways to attract and retain more women into our business,” says Mr Pittaway.
“As a male working in a male dominated industry, I recognise my part in creating awareness and improving these statistics. I look forward to seeing where Intact Group goes on this journey, and as a whole, increasing diversity in the workplace within the industry,” he added.
The Awards were presented by the Facility Management Association of Australia, and took place on Thursday 16 November 2017, where winners and finalists were recognised across 10 categories of excellence.
Kristiana Greenwood, Chairperson, FMA, said: “without a doubt the most prestigious industries event in faculties management – a real opportunity to recognise excellence and celebrate the success in the industry.”
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