Muygech thinks there has been a significant increase in construction projects. There are many shop-houses, offices, and apartments, which have been built to supply to local residents. This has also increased the number of females joining the construction sector compared to many years ago. Although his company does design and building, they do not have their own construction workers so they would outsource that work to sub-contractors.
Compared to foreign workers, Cambodian workers tend to stay in the lower range among people in the industry.
“In the construction sector, Vietnamese workers have a better reputation than Cambodian workers. They are often known to be more skilled and more productive than Cambodians and therefore get paid more,” she said.
Muygech observes that the payment for construction workers is not so secure as that of garment workers, who have their guarantee of the minimum wage. At least, by the end of the month, garment workers know how much money they have earned to pay the rent. Construction workers mostly work at a daily rate.
Not only that, but the construction industry is also considered to be male-dominated in Cambodia, although the stereotype used to be the same in other countries.
“They think that’s a man’s job. “
Even though she graduated in England majoring in Architecture and is now running her own company, the surprised looks on people’s faces when they know what she does remain the same. But that does not shake her belief.
“I think both men and women can do this job, but for women, it might be a bigger challenge compared to men as regards the freedom to go out and work late at night. But even so, if we work hard we still have a chance to join the game,” she said.
She added that in her own firm, female employees are actually working harder than males because they usually have a clearer vision.