Newry Firm Doubles Female Workforce

A Newry-based marine fit-out firm has been recognised by Diversity Mark NI for doubling the amount of females on its payroll in under two years.

MJM Marine received the Bronze Mark for promoting diversity and inclusion within the workforce and across the wider construction industry as the rest of the world marked International Women's Day.

In celebration, it hosted an afternoon tea for the almost 70 female employees.

Operating in the male-dominated construction industry, MJM Marine specialises in new build, refurbishment, refit and fit out services to the marine, commercial and private sectors.

Diversity Mark NI is Northern Ireland's only independent, not-for-profit organisation enabling companies to achieve a Charter Mark to support their commitment to diversity & inclusion. The Bronze Mark focuses on Gender Diversity and paves the way for companies to embrace broader diversity and inclusivity through Silver and Gold Marks.
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Speaking about the decision to sign up to the Diversity Charter, MJM Marine HR & Legal Director, Elizabeth O'Connor explained: "MJM Marine operates in the construction industry which historically has been a male-dominated industry. Our initial priority in signing up to the Diversity Mark is to work towards a positive gender balance in our own company and in the wider industry.

"We have been working hard over the past number of years to attract more women to MJM Marine and I am delighted that our efforts are proving successful."

Director at the company Naoimh McConville added: "The Diversity Mark reflects MJM Marine's commitment to diversity and our drive to bring more women into the construction industry. We have more than doubled the number of female employees in the past two years. What is particularly pleasing is that we are bringing more women into our traditionally male-dominated departments. For example, two years ago, we had two female Quantity Surveyors (QS) in MJM Marine. Now women represent 30% of our QS Department. Similarly, we now have women in Design, Health & Safety and Logistics and we were absolutely delighted to welcome our first ever female apprentice this year. Cara Duncan has joined our Apprenticeship Programme in 'Furniture Making and Specialist Joinery' and is now working in the heart of our production floor."

The company has been on an extensive recruitment drive over the past 12 months following a period of sustained growth.

"31% of our new employees in 2019 were women," Ms O'Connor added. "We are making strides in addressing an historic gender imbalance and we hope that our actions will help drive change across the industry."


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