Glass Ceiling and Women Career Advancement: Evidence from Nigerian Construction Industry


1 Department of Business Studies,Covenant University, Ota,Ogun State, Nigeria

2 . Department of Business Administration,Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye Ogun State, Nigeria


Despite the fact that women possess the required knowledge, skills, competencies, training and experiences to perform effectively and efficiently in construction industry, they experience entry and career advancement barriers. This research examines the effects of glass ceiling syndrome on women career advancement in construction industry. Data were obtained through structured questionnaire distributed to workers of selected construction companies. The findings reveal that some of the barriers mentioned in the literature against women career advancement in construction are prevalent in Nigeria, except the existence of equality in respect of male and female in terms of employment and career development opportunity. Also, low women participation in Nigerian construction industry begins in choosing course, education and continues throughout recruitment process. The aim is to encourage women's participation in construction industry and employers to tackle the industry’s environmental issues by introducing flexible work hour, reducing workload and making the works less tedious and stressful. Also, use of foul languages, harassment of women should be eradicated and continuous supports to balance and family responsibilities should be given.