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Tradie Lady Socks TREAT YOUR FEET RIGHT!
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The Rise Of Female Tradies
When thinking of mechanics, carpenters or electricians, many of us will find ourselves picturing well-built men sporting coveralls and work belts, which isn’t surprising considering that women account for just around 2% of tradespeople in Australia.
But although men still greatly outnumber women in most skilled trades jobs, the number of female tradies has been slowly rising in recent years, which is a good thing not just for women, but for Australia’s economic growth too.
Research shows that increasing women’s participation in the workforce, and especially in male-dominated industries such as construction, has the potential to boost GDP by 11% and economic growth by $25 billion over the coming ten years.
A steady change in the number of female tradies in Australia is already evident from the number of signups at hipages, with 28,600 lady tradies joining the platform since 2008. And, although males still make up over 80% of accounts on hipages, 2015 saw a tremendous 490% increase in female tradie signups, and 2016 is shaping up to be an equally strong year.
So what is driving this change?
Why more women are entering trades
For Sally Liddell, who owns Right Connection Electrical in North Melbourne, the lack of women in trades wasn’t a deterrent; rather she saw it as a new challenge.
“I had done three years of a 4-year teaching degree and had worked in call centres and offices, but I just didn’t feel like I had found the right job for me,” explains Liddell.
“I couldn’t see myself going to work at the same place every day and doing the same thing, and since my Uncle was an electrician before moving into property development, I saw the electrical trade as a challenge that I would enjoy. I also liked the prospect of owning my own business, and this was a career that could allow me to have that.”
Of course, working in a male dominated environment brings its own set of challenges, but Liddell says it didn’t take her long to adjust.
“You’ll still encounter a few people that doubt you can do it because you’re a woman, but usually once they see your work this idea goes out the window. I find that these days most people are very accepting, and some are even excited about having women in trades, which is great.”
Meg Solly is a passionate advocate of women’s rights and the co-founder of She Skills, an organisation that runs workshops for women with the aim of equipping them with non-traditional skills such as the use of power tools and timber construction.