RICS says that there could be no gender pay gap in the construction industry soon.
In a survey nearly half of construction workers predict the gap will be at least 15% by April 2018. It is currently 18.1%.
However, this positive sentiment is markedly absent in the nation’s capital, with Londoners in the construction sector predicting an average pay gap of 21 per cent.
Despite a positive outlook, the research found that businesses still need to do more to tackle gender inequality and sexism in the industry.
Nearly a third of women surveyed said they felt sexism holds them back from pursuing senior roles in construction, whilst 38% of men said their skills are better suited to the sector than women.
A total of 42 per cent of those surveyed said they believe companies need to invest more in training their existing female employees, while 40 per cent said that companies need to invest more in encouraging young girls to pursue a career in construction, so that more women enter the profession.