ISG design manager explores gender and the construction industry

25 July 2017

Construction Manager magazine - Mirna Ayoubi, ISG

ISG design manager, Mirna Ayoubi, has featured in a Construction Manager magazine article providing a first-hand perspective on being a woman working in construction in 2017.

The article, called ‘Working hours, inflexibility and the glass ceiling’, interviewed construction graduates from Loughborough University and was featured on the cover of the July/August 2017 issue of the magazine.

The wide-ranging article highlights an industry which is changing and determined to redress the gender imbalance.

“My company encourages flexible working and if I have a family, I do see myself managing my job and having children,” says Mirna.

Mirna says a key factor in encouraging more women into the industry is the need for role models.

“If young people cannot see what they want to be – they can’t be that person.”

According to the article, figures from the Office of National Statistics show that women account for just 12.8% of the construction workforce, and make up only 1% of the manual trades workforce, according to campaign group Women on the Tools.

The round-table discussion also touched on issues relating to youth, the gender pay gap, greater flexibility, networking groups and attitudes on site.

Follow the link to read the full article, ‘Working hours, inflexibility and the glass ceiling’, which can be found on Please note the article may only be available for registered users.