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"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement
Out of a total UK construction industry workforce of over 2 million people, only 316,000 of them are women, representing just 14% of the total.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.
"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement

Out of a total UK construction industry workforce of over 2 million people, only 316,000 of them are women, representing just 14% of the total.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.

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"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement
Out of a total UK construction industry workforce of over 2 million people,only 140,000 of them are from an ethnic minority, representing just 7% of the total.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.
"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement

Out of a total UK construction industry workforce of over 2 million people,only 140,000 of them are from an ethnic minority, representing just 7% of the total.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.

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"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement
Women make up 25 percent of architects, 14 per cent of construction project managers and related professionals but only 2 per cent of the skilled trades working in construction.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.
"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement

Women make up 25 percent of architects, 14 per cent of construction project managers and related professionals but only 2 per cent of the skilled trades working in construction.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.

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"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement
Ethnic minorities represent 7 percent of those employed in the skilled trades but only 1 per cent of architects.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.
"Buying Social Justice" Through Procurement

Ethnic minorities represent 7 percent of those employed in the skilled trades but only 1 per cent of architects.
Social procurement is one way that greater workforce equality and diversity could be encouraged in construction.

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"Buying Social Justice” Through Procurement

An Examination of the Use of Public Procurement for Advancing Employment Equality in UK Construction

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“Buying Social Justice” through procurement: An examination of the use of public procurement for advancing employment equality in UK construction.

The UK public sector spends £284bn a year on purchasing (or procuring) goods, works and services from the private sector. There is growing interest from policymakers in using this public spending power to achieve additional social ends – known as social procurement.

The construction sector has low numbers of women and ethnic minority workers, and social procurement can be a way of increasing workforce diversity, for example by setting targets for jobs or apprenticeships for members of under-represented groups on a publicly-funded housing project.

This research is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant number ES/V014226).

Project Objectives

To provide new evidence on the use of social procurement by public authorities to advance equality in employment

To compare the use and impact of social procurement in England, Wales and Scotland

To produce guidance on increasing employment equality through social procurement in construction and beyond

To extend the scope of research on equality, diversity and inclusion to include social procurement as a potential lever for change

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